Kingfield Crime Prevention & Safety Task Force (CPaS)
Tuesday, March 18 7:00-8:30 MLK Park
Attendance Kingfield Residents: 5 MLK Park Staff: Brian Cornell
MPD- Lt Marie Przynski, CPS Tom Thompson Fifth Precinct Community Attorney: Lisa Goden Crime and Safety Task Force Board Representative: None
KFNA Staff- Joanna S. Hallstrom, Project Organizer
Meeting Agenda: I. Introductions:
II. Announcements: Learn about CPTED
On Monday March 24, 2008; from 6 to 8 pm (or longer if necessary), at the 5th Precinct, Community Room, I will be holding a CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) discussion. CPS Thompson will talk about how we can design the environment to reduce crime, how we can use lighting to increase (or decrease) our safety, and many other issues. This is open to anyone. If you wish to RSVP please reply to; HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” \o “blocked::mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org” email@example.com CPTED : “The proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime and an improvement in the quality of life.” NCPI
Citizen Training on Gangs
5th Pct Community Room on Wed., April 2, 2008 at 6:30 pm specifically for Kingfield. The first part will be generic on gangs in general and then the presenter will give the highlight of gangs specific to Kingfield/P5. 90 minutes long. Sex Offender Notice – passed around
5th Precinct Open House – May 15th from 5pm-7pm at 31st and 1st Ave. There is a committee of volunteers that will be helping with this event. Please let CPS or Lt. know if you are interested in joining this committee. Volunteers are needed to help set up, do games etc. They are collecting prizes for games and food donations.
III. Resident Forum / Issues of Concern: Open forum for residents to discuss individual concerns. In response to the agenda posted for the Citizen raining on Gangs, Michael Vanderford, leader of the West-of-King block clubs commented (and has been in correspondence with the facilitator of the training) that residents want this training to give them concrete actions that help with the gang issues in our community. Residents do not simply want more knowledge about local gang activity, they want to know how to influence the negative activity to make our neighborhoods and parks safer.
Brian Cornell, MLK Park Director, reported that Allen Brown, a member of the Troup Squad (now know as the Maniac Crew) was picked up for a drive by shooting in Richfield. Brown uses MLK Park facilities for recreation and is known by park staff. Goden will check into this case to verify the details.
Goden reported that the community impact statements submitted for the Dominique Bowman-Griffin case were not very affective. The CISs that were submitted were tide to activity at Bowman-Griffin’s home (property) and not to him as an individual. They were not specific to his case, which was for check forgery. Goden did report that Bowman-Griffin’s home has been reported for being a nuisance property, and violations are being checked. Lt. Przynski stated that she can run the information on this case against burglary/robbery cases to see if the check/bank matches any Kingfield or area theft reports. One resident asked to know about the shooting at Brueger’s Bagels a week ago. It apparently was a drive by of some sort. CPS Thompson and Lt. Przynski are unaware of this incident and will have to look up the report.
CPS Thompson reminded residents that weekly crime stats can be found on line. They will be precinct wide. The MPD no longer provides monthly neighborhood crime maps. There is a new system for signing up for crime stats and alerts – sign up directions are posted on HYPERLINK “http://www.kingfield.org” www.kingfield.org. Residents complained about not receiving these notices even after signing up for them. CPS Thompson ask these residents to email him and he will send their email to the person that does the programming.
Lt. Przynski stated that she can forward a monthly crime maps and stats to the KFNA office for distribution to CPaS participants. Hallstrom stated that she could email this out and/or post it on the Kingfield website. One resident expressed concern that she had had a sex offender living on her block who had not notified his landlord. She found out because she figured out who the landlord was and called them. The landlord was unaware that they were renting to a sex offender. CPS Thompson confirmed that landlords do not have to be notified. It turns out that this particular sex offender is not living on this block anymore but has not re-registered with police to indicate his new address. IV. Crime Reports: Kingfield Crime stats reviewed by Lt. Przynski and CPS Thompson YTD overall crime is down 9% precinct wide. There has been a spike in robberies in January and February. Violent crimes are up 14%. Residents must look at the base number of crimes reported in a given year/month to understand the percentages. These numbers were not given at this meeting.
The police have arrested a single suspect that has confessed to over 40 burglaries in the area. He is suspected of the recent rash of Kingfield Business burglaries – although this is not proven at this time and may not be. The individual will be listed as a suspect in all the burglaries that he confesses to although he will not be charged for these incidents unless there is enough proof.
Gerald Dittman, a chronic burglar is set to be released. Goden will confirm if this is the burglar of the Petersen Flowers. The suspect who robbed the Subway and is suspected for 20 plus other robberies is now robbing banks. The Feds are involved and the police feel that this individual will soon be arrested.
V. Crime Prevention and Safety Strategies to Discuss/Plan:
Court Watch Program Update: Goden will be sending out minutes from the last Court Watch meeting. Hallstrom will post them. Hallstrom will follow-up with Mary Beth Heller to see if she still wants to volunteer. Ann Berget has joint the group. KFNA is still collecting CIS for the Mark Loesch case the MLK park stabbing/kidnapping.
“Judicial Revolving-Door” forum –Update from West-of-King on planning direction. Vanderford reported that his group is meeting later this month and will sort out their priorities for this meeting and get back to CPaS. They will lay out the questions that they would like addressed through the forum etc. They have been focusing currently on block leader trainings.
Citizen Patrol: West-of-King is starting up a walking group. The Van Nest walking club will start up again possibly this week. The groups thought it would be a good idea to have a joined Citizen Patrol Kick Off this spring. The groups will decide on a date. The walking groups will be coordinated by individual blocks and there will be no central walking group stationed at MLK Park this summer. Resident feedback is that it is easier to coordinate with neighbors regarding walking times etc then try to get a volunteer to lead a neighborhood wide group.
Minutes completed by Joanna S. Hallstrom, Project Organizer – KFNA