Monday, November 05, 2007
Watching The Neighborhood Watch
October 29, 2007
Chief Romero discussed various aspects of the department’s crime prevention plan, i.e. how officers are distributed throughout the city, how high crime areas are monitored and criminals are identified, etc.
Suggestions offered by the Chief:
- Neighbors can monitor the crime in their neighborhood by going to Web Watch site at www.ci.pomona.ca.us and using the mapping feature.
- Community policing by reporting crime to dispatch, if no response or inadequate response, ask for the watch commander.
- Email the chief directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Romero and Councilwoman Paula Lantz discussed increasing the number of police in the department.
- Un-sworn personnel are utilized to handle jobs which don’t require a police officer, freeing up more officers to patrol the streets.
- The nation average of officers to 1000 citizens is 2.4; currently Pomona has 1.2 officers per 1000 citizens. The Chief estimates we need ~ 40 more police.
- Costs approximately $100,000 per new officer
- Pomona has small revenue base compared to neighboring cities with large commercial tax income. The city must rely on taxes or bonds to increase the size of police department.
- Some neighbors expressed an interest in pursuing this topic further.
Paula Lantz discussed the process of paving alleys. The alleys are paved based on need so those in the worst shape are done first. Neighbors should email Paula Lantz at email@example.com if they have concerns regarding their alley. (there is an underscore between paula and lantz).
Miscellaneous topics included: alley clean up, code enforcement, alley lighting, and street lighting.
Crime Update: overall the police presence in the Lincoln Park area has significantly improved. Neighbors are still reporting prostitution activity but less frequently. Some minor theft has been reported.
Block captains like the email updates and communication systems currently in place. They agreed to share their email addresses with each other in order to expedite communication. Note: the block captains’ email addresses will only be shared with other block captains."
Next meeting will be Monday, November 26, 2007 at 7 p.m.
I still don't understand what paving the alleys has to do with crime. Lighting the alleys sounds much more fruitful.