Here’s an incredible image: our Kinston Police Department Chief Alonzo Jaynes holding hands with our youth. This is what our community is all about…coming together. Whether that’s to eat (lol), pray, watch sports, communicate, etc. We are a community on the rise because everybody has a role. There’s enough hate in this world, so let’s continue engaging, praying, loving, and lifting each other up.
“Let’s have a systemic change in our culture where we are constantly pushing positive change on our youth; where we are engaging with our police officers and our local resources to make sure everyone is performing at their best and not afraid to pick up the phone and call crime stoppers,” Murphy said.
Coverage from Kinston Free Press
Following a wave of crime in early 2014, Kinston’s mayor held a press conference at Kinston City Hall to discuss a five-point plan for addressing crime in Kinston.
The plan called for a combination of efforts between religious, business and political bodies as well as involvement from local youth and support from the political infrastructure to address the problems facing Kinston.
Five Point Plan:
Point 1: Plan emphasizes the importance of the involvement of the religious community
Point 2: Involve the business community
Point 3: Political infrastructure, which includes public safety, the housing authority, the planning department and the city manager
Point 4: Youth involvement
Point 5: Planning for the future