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Brookhaven Police Department to host open house Thursday

Everyone from the chief of police to patrol officers will be on hand to meet the public Thursday at the Brookhaven Building for the Brookhaven Police Department’s Conference on Crime.

Chief Kenneth Collins decided to host the the open house for the public so residents and merchants can address any concerns they have and also meet those who are protecting and serving their city.

The open house begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at 1154 Beltline Drive.

“We want to open up the doors to where if you have concerns of things that are going on in your neighborhood, bring them to us,” Capt. Clint Earls said. “If you just want to meet and greet, if you want to ask questions about how to go about getting a neighborhood watch program started, if you want to bring to our attention anything that you think will assist us in serving the people of Brookhaven better, come to the meeting.”

Earls said they’d like to see residents of all ages attend the Conference on Crime.

“We’re hoping that any information they have on any case, they’ll share with us, or if they just want to know who the Brookhaven Police Department investigators are,” he said.

Earls said they are also inviting law enforcement officers from other agencies and members of the district attorney’s office to attend.

The goal of the conference is to get the public and the police working together.

“If we can get the public helping us, then we can better help the public,” he said. “Some people don’t understand what it takes to accomplish what they want accomplished in their neighborhoods, so the more that we’re on the same page in understanding, and if they’ve got information that would help us, it would help us achieve that goal a lot quicker.”