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Calif. city fighting crime by building relationships

New chief says that although residents gave the PD high marks in 2008, few had direct contact with officers

By Lisa P. White
Contra Costa Times

MARTINEZ — New Martinez Police Chief Gary Peterson is launching a community policing program in the next few weeks to strengthen ties between police officers and the public.

Peterson, who replaced former Chief Tom Simonetti in December, described community policing as traditional law enforcement tactics combined with problem-solving, crime prevention and involving the residents.

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