Neighborhood Block Watch Meeting

March 25, 2009 at 9:05 pm 2 comments

paula4 by Paula Tobias

I was invited by JR Lee to attend the Eastside Neighborhood Block Watch meeting last evening. I was impressed that around 40 citizens attended for such a small area.

Speakers for this evening were Lieutenant Reinhardt, Sergeant Pittak and Chief Rivera.

Key points I found interesting are the Lorain Police Department’s partnership this year with Federal, State and County officials / Safety Forces to help our city. In years past this was unheard of. Lorain is a member of NOVC, (Northern Ohio Violent Crimes).

Think about it, what happens in Elyria , Norwalk , Detroit , Chicago etc etc does affect us in the area of crime (drugs and more).

Many items most cities provide their police department we’d be without if it weren’t for the Grants the Chief has gained for the department: Bulletproof vests, communication systems, weapons, and personnel.

Without a Grant they would not have been able to focus on key crime areas this past summer.

With the threatened personnel cuts the areas impacted are not only Road Patrols
but investigative units such as Narcotics.

The Chief discussed the changes within the Department that have taken effect this year.

Software/Database of citizen’s complaints

New Policies / Procedures / Personnel have been put in place to assure the mistakes of the past do not reoccur.

It was also apparent at the meeting the citizens of Lorain need and want more education as to the responsibilities and duties (and accomplishments) of ALL departments of the city.

Entry filed under: city of lorain, Paula's Perspective, personal opinion.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Buster's Momma  |  March 25, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Paula – what area of the East Side does this Block Watch cover?

  • 2. Paula  |  March 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Streets represented were in the areas of Day, Haddam, Garfield, East Erie, and I believe others within. This is Lorain’s Far East Side.

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