The Latest: Lynch says Fayetteville police join reform trend

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Posted: May 24, 2016 3:10 PM

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch's visit to highlight her agency's recommendations to the Fayetteville Police Department and the reforms officers have implemented (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says more police departments are inviting her federal agency's suggestions on law enforcement techniques to head off community complaints later.

Lynch visited her native state Tuesday to encourage a North Carolina police department's reforms. She congratulated Fayetteville police for improving public transparency and responsiveness. Lynch says more police departments are embracing changes that head off trouble.

Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock in 2014 asked the U.S. Justice Department for input on how it could operate better. The agency made dozens of suggestions in December.

Lynch is highlighting elements of a report last year by President Barack Obama's policing task force. The panel was created in response to upheaval in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere that exposed the gulf between police agencies and their communities.

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9:30 a.m.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is encouraging a North Carolina police department's efforts to become more community-friendly.

Lynch is scheduled to visit Fayetteville on Tuesday to celebrate the Police Department's improvements in policy and oversight.

The visit is part of her national Community Policing Tour of six communities that excel in areas cited in a report by President Barack Obama's policing task force. The group was created in response to upheaval in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere that exposed the gulf between local law-enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

Fayetteville police Chief Harold Medlock in 2014 asked the U.S. Justice Department for input on how it could operate better. The federal agency made dozens of suggestions in December and has noted that the racial disparity in police traffic stops is declining.