Petersburg Police stage Faith Based Symposium
The Petersburg Police Department's Citizen's Advisory Committee held its first Faith Based Symposium yesterday. It was scheduled to run from 10 am until noon, but enthusiasm was high and it was still going strong at 12:30.
Petersburg Police Chief, Colonel John Dixon, is a strong believer in proactive policing and organized the Citizens' Advisory Committee to build bridges of understanding.
Dixon: One of the statements I made to the group is 'when do we want to intervene in our young people's lives? Do we want to intervene in the high chair or do we want to wait until he gets to the electric chair?'
Chief Dixon said the symposium was intended as a' catalyst to lift the spiritual essence of the citizens of Petersburg.' Clergy and people of faith, he said, have the same crime prevention focus as the Police Department.
Dixon: There's 152 churches or better in the city of Petersburg and if we can get all of those folks involved, and they just reach out around their neighborhoods, look at the tremendous impact that could have just by doing that alone.
The faith-based symposium took place at Gillfield Baptist Church.
John Ogle, WCVE News