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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There’s an effort in Dallas to bridge what many see as a widening gap between citizens and police.
The campaign started Thursday, and is claiming to build a better bridge between police and neighborhoods for the good of Dallas.
There are positive changes in South Oak Cliff, like the new library in the Highland Hills community.
Despite that positive changes neighbors in the Highland Hills community have concerns.
The South Oak Cliff neighborhood Karen Grant has always called home, sits mired in the negative actions she’s long grown tired of.
“[We want] to be able to feel safe in our neighborhood. I’ve been burglarized several times,” says Grant.
Two blocks from Karen Grant, Thursday, the Mayor of Dallas, Police Chief David Brown and others supporting a campaign to listen to voices like Grant’s through a program labeled Operation Blue Shield.
“It’s not a perception, it’s real. There’s blight in this city, there’s too much poverty in this city. The solutions are all of us together, police and community all in together on the solutions,” explains Chief David Brown.
The creators of Operation Blue Shield suggest conflict with police, support for police and the call for improved policing are not separate matters.
Talking and listening to people like Karen Grant reinforce the campaign’s motto.
“We want to change our neighborhood, the overall thinking of the community, to improve it, make it better,” says Grant.
Operation Blue Shield also includes showcasing neighborhood support for police by wearing these ribbons.
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