Today we met with CMPD to deliver Gatorade for the folks on duty this Fourth of July and to hear a about the State of the Neighborhood. Councilman Larken Egleston, representatives from First Ward Neighbors, First Ward Community Fund, Charlotte Housing Authority (CHA) and Charlotte Center City Partners were all on hand.
Captain Dave Robinson expressed his appreciation to the neighborhood for the gift of Gatorade for the officers on duty this Independence Day. Dave is new to the Central Division but he was aware of the strong relationship and pleased to finally see it first hand. Officer Simpson walked us through a discussion of the neighborhood crime statistics. Our numbers continue to be some of the best in the city but two items of concern are larceny from auto (LFA) and package theft. This is an uptown and city wide issue and the police are working to eliminate the problem. Neighbors are reminded to secure items when leaving a vehicle as many of the thefts are simply crimes of oppertunity.
The relationship between the neighborhood and CMPD is strong and several community engagement initiatives were highlighted. CMPD holds movie night at First Ward Place Apartments as a way to build trust between officers and resident children. Officers are “lunch buddies” at Trinity and First Ward schools and continue to attend First Ward Wednesday with the neighborhood association. Once again, CMPD will team-up with the First Ward Community Fund and CHA to deliver school supplies and backpacks to our young residents.
Councilman Egleston was pleased to see neighbors and stakeholders engage in positive ways so as to keep the relationships strong and keep up with any issues.