Elizabeth City, N.C. - The Elizabeth City Police Department is taking action to improve their relationship with the community with a new program called "Adopt-a-Block."
"We want the community to understand that we're truly one with them," said Capt. John Young.
The department has selected about 50 blocks within the city and assigned an officer to each one. Within each block, there are about 50-60 houses which officers will be going door-to-door to several times throughout the year.
It's a chance for them to get to know people, build trust, and learn about any problems in the neighborhood.
The program was just launched on Saturday, Jan. 11.
"Great idea, I think it's going to help the community a whole lot. I'm looking forward to working with them as much as I can," said Moses McDaniel.
Sgt. Treven Franks started meeting people like McDaniel Friday morning, giving crime prevention tips and trying to learn more about any concerns.
"I think it's good that they're taking an effort to get in the community and make people feel safer," said Lisa Barcus.
"I think it's nice, he gave me some information that I was not aware of, said Shutorah Riddick.
"I hope from today's interaction, the adopt-a-block program, that the public will see us as a friend, as someone that really cares," said Sgt. Franks.