Thursday evening, the Goldsboro Police Department held a virtual conversation with the community via Zoom.
Goldsboro Police Chief Mike West started by looking at the crime rate in the city.
Crime this April was up 8% compared to April of 2020, but compared to this time last year, the rate is down 17% year-to-date.
Chief West says his department currently has 19 vacancies and that number is expected to increase.
However, West says they have seen an increase in applications from people within the Goldsboro area community.
West says there has been an uptick in reported shootings in the city.
Chief West says they look at data to find where violent crimes occur and may happen again in the near future.
Resources, including mutual response agencies, are pulled into the Goldsboro area to help police potential problem areas.
Chief West urged residents to continue calling the police department when they hear gunfire.
It’s also helpful to provide as much information on a potential shooting location to help direct officers to the scene.
The conversation with the Goldsboro P.D. was put together by Operation Unite Goldsboro.