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'Community Unity' events kick off in hopes of bridging the gap between community and law enforcement

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The first 'Community Unity' event took place Wednesday at Weisser Youth Center on the city's south side.

It's an event put on by Fort Wayne United, The Parks and Recreation Department, and the police department.

The goal is to create healthy conversations between police an citizens in order to help reduce crime.

"Any time we can get out in the community and educate people on the police and what we do, I think that's a positive thing," said Deputy Chief Derrick Westfield, who covers the southeast quadrant of Fort Wayne.

A panel including Fort Wayne officers and regular citizens answered questions regarding media, excessive force and racial profiling.

"Of course we listen, and if there are areas we can work on then we definitely work on those areas to improve," said Deputy Chief Westfield when asked about the police department listening to feedback from the community.

Another event is scheduled for April 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jennings Recreation Center and then another on May 3 at the same time at Cooper Community Center.

There are three events scheduled in August and three in November as well.

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