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Belvoir residents turn out for community walk with police

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Community members and local law enforcement came together Monday evening to get to know one another better. 

It was all part of a community walk put on by the Chattanooga Police Department. 

It didn't matter if they were on four legs or two wheels, residents flocked to the streets of Belvoir. 

Alongside them, some of Chattanooga's finest. For Chief Fred Fletcher, the relationships built face to face makes communities stronger. 

"We come to where people live and work and play instead of always bringing them someplace else. There are a lot of folks who don't always come to meetings for events and we want to make sure we reach everybody and we want to do it in an environment in which they're comfortable," Fletcher said. 

Jamie Sunderland and her family came out to Monday's walk. She knows what it's like in a time of need after having to call for help just a couple months ago. 

"We had turned on the gas fireplace and we had a carbon monoxide scare and they had to come in and search our whole house to try and figure it out and they were just amazing to us and that's just so important to me when having a young child that we have that security," Sunderland added. 

That security is important for Eric Emery and his family too. As well as teaching his young sons how to be involved in the community. 

"I want them to be engaged and part of a solution instead of saying there's problems and not trying to fix it," Emery said. 

"I think if you're invested in your neighborhood, you're invested in the community in general," Charles Paty, Belvoir Neighborhood Association President-Elect said. 

The Chattanooga Police Department holds CommUNITY Walks bi-monthly when it's warm in Chattanooga neighborhoods. 

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