As we roll into spring, this week's weather notwithstanding, neighbors are coming together all over our Ward to build relationships and develop plans for the upcoming summer. It has been inspiring and heartening to see neighbors create plans for activating their streets by holding front yard barbecues, setting up a free lemonade stand on the corner, doing nightwatch patrols, or holding a block club meeting on an empty lot.
As the seasons transition, I want to take the time to remind you of one of the most important things you can do to fight crime. Any time that you witness a crime, or even if you suspect a crime is taking place, please call 911. I hear from a lot of neighborhood residents who express frustration with a lack of timely response from police in response to 911 calls. I hear this and we are working to do the most that we can with the resources that we have. 911 calls get dispatched in order based on the severity of the call and I know that it can be frustrating when it takes longer than expected to receive a response. Calling 911 creates a record.
A volume of 911 calls in a certain geographic area helps Inspector Johnson to know where to send directed patrols, beat cops, and the three mobile cameras that she has for the entire precinct. Over time, a high volume of calls in our area helps me to advocate for more resources to fight crime in that specific area, including extra shifts for beat cops and more cameras and other safety enhancements.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office or reach out to me to ask questions, request our support, or find out the status of the many efforts we are involved with to reduce crime and increase safety for our families. Invite us to your empty lot barbecues or other neighborhood activation events too, we'll bring something to throw on the grill!
La lucha sigue,