ISF members are seen on bicycles in Beirut. (The Daily Star/ISF, HO)
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The national police are seeking to boost public trust in law enforcement with the launch of a new pilot project in Ras Beirut that will see personnel peddling bikes along the corniche, holding regular meetings with local business owners and working closely with civil society groups.The new police unit is called the Ras Beirut Section instead of Hobeish because of the public's distrust of the former institution, one official said.If the Ras Beirut project is successful, the community-policing model may be extended on a national scale. The American deputy chief of mission to Lebanon, Richard Mills Jr., said the relatively high number of Westerners in the Ras Beirut area was not related to the embassy's support of the project.
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