Back in 2009, the New Hanover County Human Relations Department was shut down due to budget cuts. Now, the county is joining forces with the City of Wilmington to reach out to the public in a new way. Vice-Chairman Jonathan Barfield hopes the new Community Relations Advisory Committee will help improve relations between citizens and cops.
Barfield says the sheriff and police chief are doing a great job communicating with the public, but he still sees work to be done. This view is supported, in part, by some recent interactions between his family and local law enforcement: