Partners Against Crime – District 2 – March 2017 Meeting Notes
The March 2017 PAC 2 meeting was held Monday, March 13th, from 6-8pm in the cafeteria at the DPS Training Facility, 2107 Chippendale Rd (corner of Hillandale & Carver). Facilitators were Ron Whitfield and Ginger Blubaugh.
The meeting started with Meet & Greet and was called to order at 6:15 pm.
Department Updates/Citizen Concerns included:
- Durham Police Dept: Officer Lawanda Mock, Community Resource Officer for District 3, announced that the annual Community Workshop will be held on Saturday, April 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Session topics will include Synthetic Drugs, Burglary Awareness, Court Watch, Citizen Observer Patrol, among other topics. Online registration is accessible via the department website – www.durhampolice.com. Pre-registration is required.
- Captain Brown reported that robberies in the district were down; 22 cases over a 28 day cycle. The trend was robbing gas stations and apartment complex parking lots. Citizens were reminded to be aware of surroundings and of anything suspicious and to call DPD or crime stoppers if anything/anyone seems suspicious. Aggravated assaults remain the same; 19 in a 28 day cycle. Burglaries were down; 47 in a 28 day cycle. Crime stats and notable arrests are available for viewing at http://durhamnc.gov/719/Crime-Statistics, District 2 Commanders Update. It was noted that there is a trend of crime activity around the selling of merchandise through apps such as Let Go and Offer Up. Use a safe location, such as DPD headquarters or Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. to meet a buyer.
Parks & Recreation
Colleen Fear announced that Edison Johnson pool is now open after renovations including new ventilation and new lights. Campus Hills pool will be closed at the end of June for similar dehumidification project. Outdoor pools will open June 9th. There are kiosks in Parks & Rec building now with computers for accessing City and Parks agencies. These are for public use. Summer Camp registration has begun. Registration can be done online and at Rec centers. There is no credit card fee for registration.
All Rec centers have free open gym from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is Tot Time. Each weekday is for a different Rec center. Several upcoming events were noted including Science Frenzy on Saturday March 25th, a Biathlon on April 29th (swim and run), a teen pool party on May 19th in conjunction with Bimbe Festival, and a Job Readiness Training for teens.
Parks & Rec presents a host of programs. There are lots of organized events and educational programs provided free or at minimal cost (and reduced fees, discounts, and waivers are available). You can find the Play More Magazine at http://durhamnc.gov/2786/Play-More or just log onto the Parks & Rec site at http://durhamnc.gov/753/Parks-Recreation and click “Play More” on the left – or browse through all the other tabs on that page for lots more information.
No issues or updates for Neighborhood Improvement Services.
No Sheriff or Fire Department in attendance.
Neighborhood Concerns were voiced and addressed, a street sign that had been removed and re-positioned in the wrong place, cars parking on the wrong side of the street in a neighborhood which can be very dangerous, the reduction of zoning officers, and length of time for an inspection that was filed to be addressed (10 days).
Other Announcements included:
Nancy Kneepkins of TRY (Together for Resilient Youth) reminded us the monthly meeting is the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 10:30 to 2:30. April 12th is the next meeting. Public is welcome to attend. A sheet was passed around for initials of meeting attendees to support a Drug-Free Durham. TRY has a Good Neighbor Business Program for approaching all businesses and supporting them in keeping youth safe, by addressing the ease and availability of cigarettes, alcohol, or other addictive substances. Although the number of convenience stores cannot be limited, a relationship with the franchise owners can be helpful in curbing accessibility to youth.
PORCH-Durham – Reminder to drop-off food items or checks for delivery on the following Monday from PAC2 meeting.
Durham Crisis Response Center – Jamiria Henry, a student interning with the Crisis Response Center, handed out surveys on public general knowledge about and how to access this organization. Surveys were completed and handed in. Take Back The Night will happen on April 27th.. Cheryl Thomas is the co-ordinator for this event.
C.O.P. (Citizens Observer Patrol) is looking for volunteers. COP is still doing House Checks. Since the centralization of what was called Crime Prevention, currently called Community Relations, the process has changed. Community Relations Officer John L. Suitt, Jr. is now handling requests for house check-ins.
Presentation – Councilwoman Jillian Johnson talked about a new program that City of Durham is presenting on Participatory Budgeting. This is a way for communities to collectively decide how to spend some city dollars. It builds community and creates projects that communities want. Since the city can only fund one year at a time, the projects that can be developed with PB are mostly infrastructure (sidewalks, bike paths, greenways) and transportation. PB allows citizenry to gain a deeper understanding on how government works and allows a voice in the process. It becomes a transparency mechanism.
Reflective vests that had been ordered and purchased with monies allotted to PAC2 by the City of Durham were handed out. There are additional funds available. Attendees were invited to consider ideas for what to purchase. This will be continued at April meeting. Also a request was made for attendees to consider taking a turn at being a PAC2 co-facilitator. Ron Whitfield’s term expires in June 2017.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.
(minutes prepared 3/24/17 by Ginger Blubaugh – co-facilitator. If you have corrections or comments, feel free to e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org)