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Police, Clergy Teaming Up for Community Ambassadors Program

Chicago Tribune via Yellowbrix

March 29, 2011

DES MOINES, Iowa— Des Moines police, local pastors and other volunteers are preparing a new liaison program that will use community ambassadors.

The Des Moines Register says the program will be coordinated by the police department and members of Des Moines’ Black Ministerial Alliance. It builds on the work of the Rev. Irvin Lewis, the police chaplain who died last summer after a motorcycle accident.

Police Maj. Steve Waymire says the ambassadors will wear shirts with their names on them and attend community events.

Waymire says police hope ambassadors also will go to the scenes of potentially dangerous situations and help defuse them before violence occurs.

Police Chief Judy Bradshaw says police need the community’s help on crime issues.

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