3 thoughts on “Eastside Residents Team Up with SAPD to Fight Crime

  1. I couldn’t make the meeting last due to a prior commitment but is good to read and hear on TV about the good turnout and spirited exchange with the chief. What was interesting to me about the chief’s remarks from last night meeting was the sense of déjà vu all over again. Back in 2006 my wife Barb and I attended our first Dignowity Hill NA meeting and the chief was the guest speaker. His topic that evening was addressing chronic crime in our neighborhoods. Many of the same ideas, (additional patrols, improved lighting, cleaning up lots, citizen patrolling, etc) shared that evening in 2006 were discussed at last night’s meeting. In many respects things have improved greatly since 2006 but many things remain the same. Many of our streets are still not well lit and we still have many empty lots. As citizens we set a high expectation that our police force should be able to control crime and be responsive to our safety concerns. Not an unreasonable expectation, but there are limits to what a police force can do to clean up chronic crime issues. The reality is that chronic crime is rooted in other chronic issues that affect the near Eastside such as higher poverty rates, lower literacy rates, low financial literacy, relatively higher unemployment rates than the rest of the city or county. These issues affect the overall health of the community. There’s no question that we need to work closely with our police and elected officials as we continue to address crime and safety concerns but if we want to see real change in our near Eastside neighborhoods then we as a community need to continually work towards improving our schools, engaging parents in the importance of an education for their children, improving our workforce, raising the financial literacy of our residents, etc. The police alone cannot mitigate or eliminate chronic systemic issues but an educated, well informed and actively involved community committed to working collaboratively for positive change can go a long way in creating that change. We need to continue to ask our elected and city officials why do our streets on the near Eastside continue to be poorly lit. What policy initiatives can be developed to truly create real solutions to long-standing chronic issues? Over the last several years other community meetings such as last night’s meeting, have been organized by elected officials and the police usually in reaction to a horrific shooting or pent up frustration. Yet here we still dealing with the same issues……why?

  2. Interesting that yet again, the Rivard Report fails to mention the discussion of Marquise Jones…as always, this case is ignored.

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