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Law Enforcement, Community Groups Can Unite Through Relationship-Building Programs

In the wake of communities protesting police-involved shootings, the state is offering its help to improve relationships between local law enforcement and community groups. 

Citizen police academies, mediation centers and violence reduction programs are some examples of how law enforcement and community try to work together and build relationships.

Karhlton Moore with the state’s Office of Criminal Justice Services says it's offering grant money, up to $30,000 each, for groups to create these programs.

Moore: “Through that process of working together build relationships, create that foundation so that when there are difficult times that they have something that they’ve done together and they have trust that they’ve built up together.”

The grant application period lasts until the end of March.

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Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.