The Endicott police chief plans to talk about public safety issues in a community meeting.

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The public meeting is to be held Thursday evening at Union-Endicott High School.

The session is co-sponsored by the Village of Endicott and the Endicott Proud Committee.

Police Chief Patrick Garey is expected to address perception versus reality with respect to Endicott's crime challenges.

Organizers of the program say the discussion will provide an opportunity for residents to hear the facts.

The public safety discussion is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the high school on East Main Street.

Garey became village police chief last July. He said one of his most important goals was to change Endicott's image.

In an interview last summer, the chief said Endicott was “viewed as a safe place to do drugs and sell drugs and commit crimes.”

Garey had said while they may not have been the reality, some people had that perception.

The chief also has said the department is paying greater attention to those who commit minor offenses, so-called "quality of life" crimes.

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