Local clergy, police team up to improve community relations

Local clergy are looking to build a better relationship with police in the Hudson Valley following Michael Brown's family's decision to sue the city of

Local clergy are looking to build a better relationship with police in the Hudson Valley following Michael Brown's family's decision to sue the city of Ferguson and the officer who killed him.

Local clergy are looking to build a better relationship with police in the Hudson Valley following Michael Brown's family's decision to sue the city of Ferguson and the officer who killed him. (3/6/15)

NEW ROCHELLE - Local clergy are looking to build a better relationship with police in the Hudson Valley following Michael Brown's family's decision to sue the city of Ferguson and the officer who killed him.

The Family Christian Center in New Rochelle opened its doors to local law enforcement in an effort to improve community and police relations.

Organizers say it was time to start a conversation after the grand jury decisions in Staten Island and Ferguson, Missouri sparked tension and frustration nationwide.

Bishop Reford Mott from Family Christian Center told News 12 that pairing local churches with law enforcement can do a lot of good.

Police departments from lower Westchester, including Yonkers were invited to take part in the effort. Yonkers Police Department has even created its own initiative called "Stop and Shake", which is already working to form more positive encounters with residents and local law enforcement.

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