PORTLAND, Ore. – Attorney General Loretta Lynch is visiting Portland middle school students and law enforcement groups Thursday morning. She’s in the Rose City as part of her National Community Policing Tour.

Lynch says one of her top priorities is strengthening relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.

“During the second phase of my Community Policing Tour, I will be highlighting some of the innovative efforts underway around the country to build trust, foster cooperation and enhance public safety," Lynch said. "I look forward to meeting with law enforcement officers, local leaders and residents in the weeks and months ahead to discuss how we can ensure that every American benefits from neighborhoods that are supportive, safe and strong.”

She’ll be participating in the GREAT Program at George Middle School Thursday morning. The program has been in Portland since the '90s. Nearly 2,000 elementary and middle school students participate every year.

It’s a 13-week curriculum led by law enforcement, which teaches students life skills and the importance of staying away from gangs. At the same time, it builds relationships between police, students and other community members.

After her visit to George Middle School, Attorney General Lynch will travel to the Blazers Boys and Girls Club. She also wants to meet with Portland police officers to thank them for their service to the community.

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