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Friday December 9th

Public Safety


Laverne Burton, city crisis unit counselor, poses for a portrait in front of the Chapel Hill Police Department on Thursday, July 7, 2022.

'It's really powerful': Chapel Hill Police Department Crisis Unit hires first peer support specialist

The Chapel Hill Police Department Crisis Unit recently hired Laverne Burton as its first peer support specialist. She began in the role on June 13. The new position is designed to help those who need mental health support connect with someone with lived experience. Burton works mainly with unsheltered people and often meets them in the street to provide them with support and resources. 

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The third annual National Co-Responder Conference, held at the Carolina Inn, is pictured on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

Chapel Hill hosts National Co-Responder Conference, emphasizes mental health crisis responders

The third annual National Co-Responder Conference, or CoRCon, was held this week at the Carolina Inn. The event featured keynote speeches and events focused on combining police response with behavioral health specialists. More than 300 professionals from around the country attended the conference, which was hosted and promoted by the International Co-Responder Alliance.

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Bikes are parked along the bike racks outside of Lenoir Dining Hall on Feb. 12, 2022. 

Chapel Hill ups safety enforcement in response to recent pedestrian, bike crashes

In recent weeks, Chapel Hill has seen an increase in bicycle and pedestrian accidents, and many community members have expressed concerns about safety in the Town. At last week's Town Council meeting, staff described different programs and initiatives Chapel Hill is employing to increase biker and pedestrian safety. “The goal that we have is to make the infrastructure and policy changes so that crashes, when they do happen, don't result in serious injury or death," Chapel Hill Transportation Planning Manager Bergen Watterson said.

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