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York County working on better relationships between the community and police

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As the country continues to fight about politics, often times bringing race into the issue, people in York County are working hard to close the gaps.

Less than a week away from elections, political ads are at their highest, arguably their fiercest.

Iris Ferber who lives in York said ”I personally would not pin crimes on democrats and republicans. I don't think that's the way it works.“

President Trump just yesterday using an illegal immigrant's April conviction to put the democrats down. Something many of his twitter followers support. Leaders in York County, not so much.

Pastor Bill Kerney, York County Black Ministers Association President explains “These types of advertisements do nothing but divide the nation. It needs to stop.“

Clergy and police leaders across the county are trying to change the negative culture society has created starting in their community.

Chief Daniel Stump, Springettsbury Township Police added “Nationally, the country is going to go what it goes through, but I think in York, maybe we can be that beacon of hope, that model community.”

Police and clergy in the county were once strangers. But they've spent the past two years having a monthly conversation, building trust.

“We just wanted to be as open and honest as we could be without worrying how it was going to be portrayed to the public.” Said Chief Stump.

Thursday, they shared the findings of their conversations with the public, in hopes the trust, the respect they've found in each other can spread from the inside out.

“We're looking for unity, we're looking for this to become one York.“ Pastor Kerney explained.

The leaders are hoping their work will spread, but people are already noticing. A police department from Alabama heard about what was happening here and flew in to hear the conversation tonight.

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