Update 7:51 a.m., 4-28-07: DNJ Reporter Mealand Ragland-Hudgins has a nice write up from yesterday’s press conference. Read it here. Also reader Michael gave us a link to Metro’s police salaries. Thank you for the statistics – definitely something to consider at the May 3rd budget meeting (1:00 p.m. City Hall).
City’s publicist posted this in the comment section and I wanted to give it a bump to a full post:
Found out during an afternoon press conference, that the Police Department has some extra patrols in Lake Forest, not only in cars but on ATVs and on foot. So hopefully, that’s going to ease the minds of some of the residents out there.
Also a friend at the press conference called to tell me she learned that the police do not suspect that the fire was gang related. That is, NOT gang related. It sounds to me like it was just some dumb kid out making trouble. Here’s a picture I took this afternoon when I was in the neighborhood showing homes. If the quality is bad, it’s because it’s from a camera phone.
I also wanted to pass on the information from Angie about how to set up a neighborhood watch. She said,
Check with Lt. Ruch (Rue) at the Police Department (793-7744) to see how to go about starting neighborhood watch. He can help you set one up. It’s up to the citizens to keep it going. It’s a start. I know the cops are patrolling as much as they can, but they do have to patrol the rest of the city as well (they are assigned to zones). You can’t patrol half the city (Lake Forest, etc.) and ignore the other half. We have crime in my area of town as well, so I’m hopinh they continue to patrol my neighborhood as well.
I think it all comes back to us working as a community to help out our police officers, our fire fighters, and each other. When we have each others backs, then we are more likely to help decrease crime. This is a good time to remind everyone that the city is planning events for the National Night Out Against Crime, which will be August 7th at 6:00 p.m. “View from the Lake” and I attended the first organizational meeting with Ms. Mayes, Lt. Ruch, and another gentleman whose name I didn’t catch, but who has volunteered for years with the event. There is a lot of work that goes into it, but the more help there is, the less work there is because the burden of all the planning will be evenly divided.
The next planning meeting will take place on May 12 at 10 a.m. at the Parks and Rec Building, 294 Sand Hill Road in La Vergne. I plan to be there and I hope many more of you will also attend. Let’s move the city forward to show that we won’t stand for crime. Criminals will be caught, hauled to jail in Murfreesboro (nudge nudge wink wink), and prosecuted. I’ll post a reminder as the meeting date approaches, but meanwhile, please mark you calendars to attend!
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