Dear Elyria Community Watch Block Coordinators and Friends,
Please accept my most sincere appreciation for the important work you are doing to help make the City of Elyria and our neighborhoods safer places to live, work, play and raise our families. It is because of your most recent efforts sharing information with the Elyria Police Department that our arrest rate has increased by 75 percent between October and December. Clearly, you are making a difference!
As promised last October when we first met at the 2012 Safety Summit, the City of Elyria will continue to take steps to help provide Block Watch Coordinators and other caring individuals with the tools you need to succeed. To that end, attached please find the agenda for the expanded 2013 Neighborhood Best Practices & Block Watch Safety Summit scheduled for Saturday, March 23 from 8:30am – 2:45pm in the Northwood Junior High School Cafeteria.
Here is what we hope to accomplish WITH YOUR PARTICIPATION:
- Provide block watch organizations with real-time crime analysis data and trend information city-wide and at the individual neighborhood level to help target crime prevention strategies.
- Share new crime prevention strategies from a new crime prevention training by the Ohio Crime Prevention Association.
- Introduce block watch participants to new ideas from another block watch organizer from the Greater Columbus area.
- Facilitate a planning session to identify up to three city-wide safety goals and associated strategies and two neighborhood-level safety goals and associated strategies to produce a City-Wide Safety Plan. The Safety Plan will be used to leverage foundation financial support and other resources to help support the efforts of the individual neighborhood block watch groups, guide police support of the individual block watch organizations, and focus city-wide crime prevention and intervention strategies. The City will leverage the funds and the Block Watch groups will be encouraged to request funds from the City based on your plans’ goals and strategies.
- Promote communications, networking, collaborations, and sharing of resources.
- Involve youth in the conversation to provide an added lens and new insights.
Your participation in this event will help us all take this important work to the next level, ultimately providing the targeted goals, strategies, financial and other resources that we need to make our community safer for all of us. The Public Services Institute of Lorain County Community College will be facilitating the planning portion of the agenda and your input regarding safety goals and strategies will be logged, tabulated and prioritized instantaneously so that we will know what our priorities are before we leave the session.
A continental breakfast and boxed lunch will be served. We ask that each Block Watch Coordinator bring three representatives
from their respective block watches and one youth member, high school age, who can lend a new twist to the conversation. For the purposes of planning for food and technology, please register in advance by calling the Mayor’s Office at 326-1402 by Friday, March 15th.
The Summit will be open to current Block Watch participants as well as individuals who are interested in starting a block watch. If you know of Elyrians contemplating starting a group, please ask them to call to register. Again, thank you for your efforts and all that you have done and will do to our community safer. Working together, we will reach our safety and quality of life goals.
Holly C. Brinda