FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -
Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock announced new crime figures Friday. At the city’s "Safe Streets Symposium" Medlock said Fayetteville had a 6.2 percent decrease in overall crime in 2013 and a 10.1 percent decrease during the first three months of 2014.
The goal of the symposium was to start a new community conversation on how to fight crime. The event including sharing crime-fighting strategies and brainstorming about crime solutions. Approximately 200 law enforcement, elected officials and community leaders from across Cumberland County attended.
Retired educator Cathy Waddell was one of those people. She currently serves as the chair of the Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission.
“We talk all the time. We keep saying the same old things the same old way, but we're getting the same old reactions,” Waddell said. “So instead of doing a lot of talking we need to come and make sure there's some action happening with that.”
Mayor Nat Robertson spearheaded the event. A city spokesperson could not say if future symposiums are planned to continue the conversation. Nonetheless, more input is encouraged online at www.FayettevilleOutFront.com.
Waddell said she hopes the discussions will lead to some noticeable efforts.
“We hope that those things that have been said, that we can make it happen, make it actions,” Waddell explained. “If someone loves you they have to show that they love you because saying the words love does not mean anything without action.”
Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon.More>>