Kingfield Crime and Safety Meeting
Tuesday, May 15
Kingfield Residents- 3
MPD- CPS Tom Thompson; Lt. Przynski
Crime and Safety Task Force Chair- Absent
KFNA Staff- Joanna S. Hallstrom, Project Organizer – KFNA
The 5th Precinct is planning a community meeting regarding mobile drug dealing. The date and time will be announced via CCPSafe email and neighborhood organizations.
Issues of Concern / Neighborhood Crime Report:
1) 4418 Grand (rental): 9 domestics, person arrested for armed robbery (which happeded at 44th at and Harriet) at this address. Block club is connected, residents are calling 911 when appropriate, landlord is not responsive to requests to deal with tenant behavior.
Youth at this address are suspected “drug runners, “ using back packs.
2) 3130 Pillsbury – rental license is in process of being revoked. Foreclosure pending on property not sure if it “by sale” or “by action.” A lot of criminal activity comes out of this address.
3) Lurking Ordinance: Thompson referred residents to a recent City Pages article that explains the proposed amendments in more detail. The proposal has to do with: Loitering (out in open) with intent to committee a crime vs. lurking (hiding) with an intent to commit a crime.
Community Organizing Strategies:
1) Thompson will call the property owner of 4418 Grand, invite him to landlord training and talk to him about the problems at his property.
Thompson suggested that someone from the Kingfield Task Force call Luther Kruger as seasoned crime and safety community organizer to get advice on how to put pressure on the landlord. Luther has actually gone and picketed suburban landlord homes to get them to address issues at their urban rental properties.
Residents were also encouraged to file Community Impact Statements regarding activity at 4418 Grand.
2) Thompson will keep us updated on 3130 Pillsbury.
3) Residents are encourage to call their local elected official with their opinions about the lurking ordinance.
Tri Neighborhood Court Watch Program:
MaryBeth Heller, Kingfield representative for the Tri-Neighborhood Court Watch Program, reported that they are working out the glitches in the reporting/tracking procedures for volunteers. Volunteers are asked to track/do the following.
Determine whether the crime will be prosecuted, and if not why
Verify court dates
Gather community feedback and provide it to prosecutors and judges (community impact statements)
Find out what sentence was given, and if none why
Minutes completed by Joanna Hallstrom, Project Organizer – KFNA