SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Members of the public attended the first ever "Community Classroom" held by police at the Salisbury Police Department on Saturday.
Community Classroom is an interactive educational session for citizens, age 16 and up, which is taught by Salisbury police officers. The sessions are designed to provide education and insight into the various aspects of police work specific to the Salisbury community.
Topics include: arrest, search, and seizure laws, decision making and the police use of force, crime scene investigations, and police-citizen interactions during traffic stops.
"The goal of this program is to give citizens an 'inside look' into police operations and our efforts to increase citizen satisfaction with police services," stated Chief Jerry Stokes. "We are committed to transparency in both information and operations. Our goal is to create a community of 'citizen-police officers' that will partner with us to reduce crime in our city."
The first class (arrest, search, and seizure laws) will be held November 4, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at the Salisbury Police Station located at 130 East Liberty Street.
To apply for a class go to salisburync.gov/communityclassroom or call a member of the police department's community resource team at 704-638-2092. A representative from the police department will confirm each attendee.