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Durham civic leader pleased with police response to report

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DURHAM, N.C. - The head of a group that made suggestions for changes within the Durham Police Department said he is pleased with the city manager's response.

Ricky Hart, chairman of the Durham Human Relations Commission, said he is pleased with Bonfield's response.

“He is basically implementing, 'Hey yes, we see this is as a problem. He has put things into place,'” Hart said.

Hart said it was no critical for citizens to become educated on the issues involving the police and the community.

Hart said the response has been positive.

The list of changes comes after a tumultuous time for police in Durham.

City Manager Tom Bonfield released his response to the recommendations Monday after meeting with six advocacy groups and leaders of other police departments.

Bonfield considered a total of 44 recommendations.

Read Bonfield's complete response

Among the changes are to include written consent forms being required for searches, but officers can continue to use discretion in accepting verbal consent for vehicle stops.

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