got crime in your hood?

Below are two amazing stories that I discovered on my weekend trip to Cleveland.  In one neighborhood, police teamed up with residents to shut down drug houses and gang leaders.  The police went so far as to bring in all the gang leaders, tell them that they were going to be cracking down on their neighborhood, and have arrested those who didn’t listen.  Neighbors even used police camcorders to tape drug deals and vandalism.

In another district, police and state troopers teamed up to crack down on escalating crime.  Police used a specific type of grenade to blast open a front door to a known drug house.  The blast is also helpful to police as it alarms those in the house, and gives police extra time before the residents can fight back.

I am in awe of Cleveland’s PD.  Although other areas of the local government are completely falling apart (search for current corruption issues), the police seem to have no problems working with residents and other departments to get problems SOLVED.  Why can’t the Richmond Police Department act similarly?  Oh, yes, they would need to call another meeting to discuss ideas on how to stop crime!


6 responses to “got crime in your hood?

  1. I’ve seen tremendous improvement in my neighborhood of Fairmount over the past 5 years. Our issues were prostitution, and drug sales and the related violence. We don’t really have any more hot corners and the workin’ ladies are *much* less prevalent.

    The credit for this goes to both a police department that is listening to citizens and is responsive to their observations, and citizens that are making it a point to be involved. There is always at least on RPD representative at our civic association meeting, and both our environmental officer and our Sector 113 Lt. came out to out last cookout. Another great area of information sharing, at least in the East End, is at the monthly 1st Precinct CAPS meeting.

    I’m not sure what part of town you are writing from, but check out your next neighborhood association and CAPS meetings. You might have a different perspective on how effective the RPD actually are, or at least you’ll have a great opportunity to make your voice heard.

  2. Criminals are afraid of my ‘hood.

    /lakeside ftw

  3. I live in the same transitional neighborhood as the blogger. I am hopeful things will turn a corner soon as RPD leadership changes. I hear only good things about the environmental officer, but my experience at the sector meetings was lots of talk about stolen iPods, theft from motor vehicles, and theft from sheds. When I asked about crack dealers, there wasn’t a response. Some of my neighbors have repeatedly been ignored in their efforts to work with the RPD. It’s beyond frustrating.

  4. gentrifyrichmond

    Our sector police administration changed last month – I hope for the better. Our neighborhood went to the police department, begging (literally) for them to shut down prostitution and drug houses. For a year, the RPD told us to bring them information on these drug houses, under the promise that they were undergoing an investigation. I even managed to get one of the drug lord’s cell phone numbers. After a year, they just dropped the case on the connected ring of drug houses.

    According to a recent report made to city council’s safety committee (March), other neighborhoods in the same sector get <5 minute response time for 911 calls and 3 week windows for shutdowns of drug houses once they are reported. Just two weeks ago, my neighbor called 911 for a shooting at a nightclub a block away. Police showed up 15 minutes later. For a year, about four neighborhood representatives went to all our monthly sector meetings, another neighborhood representative went to all the CAPS meetings, and a few of us went to the council's safety meetings (held at the training building off Brook Road). Our civic association is incredibly proactive, and called the RPD, asking for a representative to show at our monthly meetings. They started sending one this year. Now that it appears that the RPD has cleaned house in our sector and changed all leadership, I am hoping to see a difference.

  5. The sector Lt. makes a world of difference, I hope that you’ve got someone good.

  6. You should be something up about non-profits in poorer neighborhoods. Over the years we have had these so called non-profits come in our area. First one was Youth for Social Change, run by Darryl Holland, he was suppose to be doing something to help young people. He would have in the intersections all over the City begging for money. Money that went to pay his salary. There was situation where he did press conference regarding some sort of arrest by the RPD. Soon after that he disappeared.

    We have another “non-profit” that is suppose to be for the children, but I have seen their 990 form and they are not about “children”.

    So the lession here is that if a “non-profit” shows up in your ‘hood saying they are about saving the children keep your hand on your wallet and then run from them.

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