Kinston Says Increased Police & Community Interaction Working

It's been almost two months since the Kinston Department of Public Safety promised more officers and community interaction to fight the rash of murders that started in early June and left four dead, including investigator Warren "Sneak" Lewis.

Public Safety director Bill Johnson says officers are focusing much more on community policing now - often going door to door and talking with people to increase their presence in the community. He says a mobile command unit is also rotating through various neighborhoods three nights a week, which allows people to talk to officers directly and give tips. He says since the murders, one officer has joined the department, and five more will be added in the future. Johnson thinks the new techniques are working.

Johnson says two more officers will begin working in two weeks, and says the other three are currently going through field training.

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