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Steele Creek Police Division to Conduct Safe Community Forums

(January 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.

The Steele Creek Division will host two forums, one for business and one for residents as follows:

    Steele Creek Businesses

January 24

3 - 5

Police Training Academy
1770 Shopton Road

    Steele Creek Residents

January 25


Police Training Academy
1770 Shopton Road

The 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.

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