Officials in one eastern Kentucky city create a new law enforcement position with an emphasis on building positive relations with the youth.
On the job for a few weeks, Shawn Jackson is a new Public Affairs Officer for the Williamsburg Police Department. He says officials with the city and police force wanted to create a position that could foster good relationships with the people they serve. Jackson says he finds it is easier to talk to a younger crowd and says stronger relations with them means they are more likely to open up during an investigation.
“Them kids…you get to know them at a young age and they start looking up to you. Then when they get up to the teenage years and stuff…like I said, if you have to talk to them, they are going to open up to you a whole lot easier,” says Jackson.
Jackson says he plans to hold an ATV ride in the near future to begin building those bridges between police and the community.