Monday, December 7, 2015

Reminder Tonight Combined Community Meeting with Councilwoman Tanaka Vercher with our Chief of Police Steve Anderson, Commander Trickey, Commander Brandimore, and all Officers who Patrol our area

UPDATE:
DISTRICTS 28 & 29 COMMUNITY MEETING, 12/7/2015
Council Representatives Tanaka Vercher & Karen Y. Johnson
(Unofficial notes by Dean McIntyre)

AGENDA: The purpose of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for meeting, learning, discussion, questions, answers, and future planning between residents of South Nashville neighborhoods and law enforcement officials.
POLICE CHIEF STEVE ANDERSON gave an introductory vision, overview and goals of police. Nashville is growing, adding 82 new residents per day. Future goals include more precincts, smaller precincts, providing better coverage. It’s unusual for the chief to attend such meetings, but he was with us for the entire meeting and brought leaders of his whole team.
COMMANDER PAUL TRICKEY, SOUTH PRECINCT (which covers all of District 28 and a portion of District 29 on the Hamilton Church, Owendale, Forest View and Edge O Lake side) spoke on crime stats, response times & speed enforcement. Gave suggestions for vehicle safety: don’t keep phones & computers in open sight inside cars. There are 25-30 thefts from vehicles per week. COMMANDER PRESTON BRANDIMORE, HERMITAGE PRECINCT spoke briefly, explaining Hermitage Precinct relates more to District 29 and Nashboro Village/Woods. He introduced Community Coordinators, Officers Rafael Fernandez (South) and Jeffrey White (Hermitage) as primary contacts for residents. They spoke of holiday crime prevention, neighborhood watches, and police-citizen partnerships. Statistics: 1) 62% of crimes are theft & larceny; 2) 16% are aggravated assault; 3) 14% are residential burglaries. District 29 has seen an increase of 36 crimes in 2015 over 2014. To contact Officer Fernandez, call 615-880-3182, or email rafael.fernandez@nashville.gov. A HANDOUT SHEET WAS SHARED BY Officer Jeffrey White which included information on interactive crime maps, the Hermitage Precinct Newsletter, Trespass Waiver, how to join the email list to receive weekly crime reports and Nashville Crimestoppers information. To contact Officer White, call 615-880-1776, or email jeffrey.white@nashville.gov
COMMANDER PRESTON BRANDIMORE, HERMITAGE PRECINCT spoke briefly, explaining Hermitage Precinct relates more to District 29 and Nashboro Village/Woods. He introduced Community Coordinators, Officers Rafael Fernandez (South) and Jeffrey White (Hermitage) as primary contacts for residents. They spoke of holiday crime prevention, neighborhood watches, and police-citizen partnerships. Statistics: 1) 62% of crimes are theft & larceny; 2) 16% are aggravated assault; 3) 14% are residential burglaries. District 29 has seen an increase of 36 crimes in 2015 over 2014. To contact Officer Fernandez, call 615-880-3182, or email rafael.fernandez@nashville.gov
DRUGS & GANG RELATED CRIME: Officer Michael Freels reported gang crime is less in Nashville than in many cities, and it is decreasing. Police are working with schools, organizations and communities to combat drugs & gang crime.
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: Police encouraged citizens and neighborhoods to participate in efforts that have proven to lower crime.
Additional discussion on homeless people and groups soliciting donations in buckets at street corners. Police noted that this was legal as long as they stayed out of the street and traffic, remaining on grass, sidewalks and parking lots. Groups venturing out into traffic should be reported.
NON-EMERGENCY POLICE PHONE LINE: For non-emergencies when life and immediate danger are not the case, use phone number 615-862-8600.


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