Harrisburg community policing event calls for unity between law enforcement, residents


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Department of Justice designated October 3-7, 2016, as National Community Policing Week. The goal is to put a focus on the need for public safety efforts that are enhanced by law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve, working together to solve and lower crime rates in their neighborhoods.

U.S. Attorney Brandler took part in Wednesday evening’s community walk through Midtown Harrisburg.

He says that working together is the best defense against crime.

“Much of the crime that takes place in local communities may go unnoticed by law enforcement,” Brandler said. “It is up to the communities to cooperate with law enforcement so we can attack the problems at its root.”

Brandler was joined by other members of law enforcement, including the FBI, DEA, ATF, city police officers and state troopers.

The walk ended at the memorial of Steve Esworthy, who was killed earlier this year after being attacked after attending a wedding.

Jack McGettigan, a member of Friends of Midtown, says they have not forgotten what happened.

“The neighborhood came together when it happened,” McGettigan said. “We became committed to making this place safe, and helping each other and watching out for each other.”

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