It was the first of a series of meetings meant to build trust and relationships between police and local preachers.
Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson, met with Stateline religious leaders. He taught them procedures of the police department with regards to religion.
Officers hope they can work together to spread the word throughout the community. Chief Chet
Epperson says "the more that we can collaborate and we can get those leaders informed about the operations of the police department, it just makes life a lot easier for our police officers to deal with.
Ministers and clergy took notes on police policies, but the meeting also left some scratching their heads.
Joseph Dixon of
New Zion Church Minister
Deryk Hayes is here to help build a better relationship with police and
Hayes says "I come from a generation where we don't talk to police and we don't talk to police rightfully so particularly in this community because there is a dis-trust.
Hayes wants residents to feel police are there to protect them, not target them. He says "it's not always the police targeting you, often times it's that the police are protecting you."
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