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Pasquotank Co. forming Sheriff’s Citizen Advisory Panel, hires new policing partner in response to Andrew Brown shooting

by: Brett HallMadison Pearman

Posted: Sep 13, 2021 / 07:13 AM EDT Updated: Sep 14, 2021 / 09:14 PM EDT

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — Nearly five months after Andrew Brown Jr. was shot and killed by Pasquotank County deputies, the county’s Board of Commissioners approved spending nearly $60,000 to help their sheriff’s department increase community trust.

Monday night, commissioners voted unanimously to direct the county administrator to enter into a contract with the Arizona based Police2Peace foundation, and move forward with three new initiatives known together as the “peace initiative.” It includes rebranding sheriff’s deputies as “peace officers,” forming a citizens’ advisory council and launching community listening sessions.

Commissioners also signed off on $9,000 in new de-escalation training for sheriff’s deputies.

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