Ayden police hold first community meeting of the year

AYDEN, NC (WITN) The town of Ayden held its first community policing meeting of the year Tuesday night.

The meetings have been going on for nearly two decades and police say they now have a stronger relationship with the community.

Ayden Officer Jenny Clark says, "I feel like it is a huge importance for the police and the community to work together and build that trust because we can not do it alone. We have to have the community's help."

Clark says residents have come to express concerns, some crime related and others for things like a street light being out. It also gives the community and the police department a chance to plan their yearly events, like shop with a cop.

Officers say they are looking to expand the Community Policing Council.