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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – On Saturday the Ferguson Police Department and more than 100 people from the community came together at Greater Grace Church for the first of five meetings as they work to start a new neighborhood policing program.

The program is designed to get officers out to specific neighborhoods and work with community members to help build stronger relationships and businesses. Chief Andre Anderson says it`s the beginning of a positive move towards healing, after months unrest left a scar on the community. Changes to procedures and policies are part of the plan.

“We need to solve this problem and I think we got that point across today we need the community to tell us what they want us to do we need to listen to them develop around what like us to do and work together to solve some of the challenges we’re having. ”  Said Anderson

Citizen groups will also learn how to create a neighborhood policing plan and incorporate it into daily life to make Ferguson a safer and more connected city.  At this point city officials are working with a consultant on a timeline.