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New ICICLE program helps residents and police in Murphysboro

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Leaders in Murphysboro, Illinois are launching a new policing program in hopes of encouraging residents and police officers to work together.

It's called ICICLE, “Improving by Involving Citizens and Law Enforcement.”

It is a new outreach program that hopes to promote community involvement throughout the city of Murphysboro.

On Nov. 10, Police Chief Brian Hollo proposed the ICICLE program to the city council for their approval and participation.

Members of the police department say they wanted to give people an open line of communication with local officers.

Two people from each of the city's five wards will meet once a month with members of the police department to address concerns throughout the community.

And people think it's a good idea.

“Often people say, you have to wear my shoes to know what I'm going through and that's what they both need,” visitor Alfred Wright said.

“I think it's a good idea especially in light of all the racial tension and all of the different things happening with other police departments,” resident Jance Witzman said. “And especially with what's happening in Ferguson, I think it's good to be proactive.”

Although this program does not have any correlation to what's happening in Ferguson, officers say if there any areas of concern involving police presence or response, they want to know about it.

The idea of a neighborhood watch was discussed in the past, but officers say this fresh approach, thought of by Investigator Mike Laughland will address issues and concerns within the city.

Chief Hollo said he hopes to start the monthly meetings by the end of January. If a resident is interested in participating, officials encourage them to contact their alderman.

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