'See something, say something,': Crime prevention forum held at Averett University

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    DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Officers in Danville shared that they cannot do their job alone, but that they need the help of the community.

    Averett University held a Policing in the 21st Century Speakers' Forum, which discussed how the community can take an active role in crime prevention.

    A Danville Police Department crime prevention specialist, two professors with Averett University and a member from the city were on the panel.

    Professor and former Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Lynne Harrison said she wants the community to do two things -- embrace the officers and help them by saying something if you see something.

    "Be aware when something is registering to us that is out of place and focus on what is out of place. Know your neighbors," Harrison said. "You don't have to know them personally, you don't a relationship with them, but when I say know your neighbors you know what time they come home usually, what cars they drive, what type of behaviors that they have."

    The forum is bi-monthly and open to the public. The date for the next one is still being determined, but should be held at the end of March or the beginning of April.

    The panelists on the forum also encourage members of the community to use the Next Door app, which is like an online Neighborhood Watch program.

    To download the free app, you can go to your app store and search for Next Door.

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