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The CABs are not designed to be a forum for members of the community to address their grievances, Franklin said.

“The avenue for such grievances is through our Internal Affairs, the Mayor’s Office, the council office, or the office of the chief of police,” Franklin said.

He said the Police Department officially launched the CABs program in May, with notifications sent to the media.

Karen Gilbert, executive director of the Crime Prevention Network, said the Police Department asked her organization to help find potential CABs candidates. Crime Prevention Network is a nonprofit that raises money for programs such as Alert Neighbor and Project Trust.

“I identified the majority of the individuals, and there were a few recommendations from division commanders, but most of them came from us,” Gilbert said.

The applications were then reviewed by the Crime Prevention Network’s Board of Directors.

“Once they were approved, they were sent to division…

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