STEELE CREEK NEWS
Police Division to Conduct Safe Community Forums
13, 2007) What are some of the best weapons we have to fight crime
and increase safety in our community? You and your neighbors.
While strides were made last year in reducing violent crime by
nearly 5%, property crimes, like burglary and auto theft, increased
by more than 5%. These are some of the most preventable crimes, and
you, your friends, neighbors, and business associates can have a
major impact in reducing them.
That's why the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police
Department is sponsoring a series of Safe Community Forums around
the city—to bring members of the community together to work on the
urgent crime and safety issues impacting our neighborhoods.
Between January and April, CMPD is hosting Safe Community Forums in
each of the 13 patrol divisions (for a full schedule of meetings,
click here) to engage as many people as possible in
tackling the ongoing challenges we share in reducing crime and
increasing safety in our neighborhoods. The police department will
use the feedback they receive at these meetings in a community-wide
Safety Summit that they will host in April to bring people together
from throughout the city to develop a comprehensive action plan.
Steele Creek Division will host two forums, one for
business and one for residents as follows:
Steele Creek Businesses
3 - 5
1770 Shopton Road
Steele Creek Residents
1770 Shopton Road
Safe Community Forums closely follow the realignment of police
districts that took place on January 12. (See the
CMPD 2007 Patrol Division Redistricting web page.) The
area of the Steele Creek Division is being reduced, with the airport
and Berryhill areas being transferred to the Freedom Division and
areas east of Tyvola Road being transferred to the Westover
Division. The new Steele Creek Division covers the Steele Creek
community plus area between I-77 and South Boulevard. (See
Map of the Former and New Steele Creek Division Boundaries.)
The Steele Creek Division offices are located
in the old Police Academy Building (1750 Shopton Road), which is
adjacent to the New
Fire and Police Training Academy at the corner of Shopton Road and
Beam Road, where the January forums will take place.
The Division Commander is Captain Diego Anselmo.
The Safe Community Forums will be a great
opportunity for residents to meet the community police officers who
serve Steele Creek. These officers are actively involved in the
quality of life in the community. Problem solving is the backbone of
the department's approach to preventing the next crime and
increasing community safety. Community officers meet frequently with
business, neighborhood, and homeowner associations to address local
issues. The problem solving philosophy also allows the officer to
coordinate directly with other government agencies to address
community issues--from pot holes to illegal dumps.
The most effective and long-lasting
crime-fighting comes from community collaborations with
neighborhoods, businesses, schools, places of worship and
not-for-profit organizations joining with local, state and federal
government agencies to ensure this community remains a place in
which people want to live, work, and raise families.
Please join the officers of the Steele Creek
Division and your neighbors in this important effort.