Friday, June 11, 2010

Newman Park Residents Share Concerns with Police

EP Police Neighborhood Relations Coordinator Leslie Canada makes a point as Commander Austin (center) and Officer Slack listen

Newman Park neighbors met yesterday with Central Commander Mark Austin, Officer Henry Slack and Leslie Canada, the Neighborhood Relations Coordinator with the police department. Residents discussed their concerns about recent vandalism, a case of arson, and new graffiti in the area.

Ms. Canada informed the group that the City is about to launch a new anti-graffiti awareness program and that the police will be doing anti-tagging education with 6 to 12 year olds.

The police trio recommended several actions neighbors can take now:
  • Report tagging immediately even if it isn't on your property.
  • Report suspicious activity - a youth with a backpack late at night, for example.
  • Work with the Neighborhood Coalition and get ideas from other Associations.
  • Report code violations.
  • Report paper plates on cars that have been there for a long time.
  • Ask the police to do a safety inspection of your home. You can get up to 20% off your house insurance this way.
  • Take part in the HEAT program. You register your vehicle and ask police to stop and check it after a certain time at night.
  • If you suspect that there is a stash house near you, report it.
Neighbors expressed their gratitude to Freeda Westmoreland who hosted the meeting in her home.

No comments: