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Neighborhood Impact Meetings

In lieu of Neighborhood Watch meetings, especially in neighborhoods where no neighborhood watch is active, a specific neighborhood clip_image001_Webin our city that has been especially victimized by a series of crimes will be focused on and a Neighborhood Impact Meeting (NIM) will be scheduled. 

The NIM focuses on a particular block of streets or natural boundaries will be identified in keeping with the crimes that have been occurring there and that area will be covered by our VIPS volunteers and available officers to distribute flyers throughout the neighborhood. The flyers will indicate what the crime alert information is that is impacting their neighborhood and identify a location and time for a NIM that will focus on crime prevention strategies for their neighborhood. In addition we will initiate a press release for local media announcing the NIM. 

The NIM  will be held at a location in their neighborhood if at all possible. The agenda at the meeting will be initially informational about what is occurring and then participants are asked to provide their input into what they have seen or heard about the offenses. Generally the Chief of Police and necessary staff will be present at the meeting. All information gleaned from the meeting remains confidential as to the source of the information. 

Residents that attend the meeting are asked about the formation of a Neighborhood Watch program in their area and potential neighborhood leaders are identified. Specific objectives by the police are identified if possible with regard to police action and citizens are urged to develop their own strategies in keeping with the neighborhood watch concept. A follow-up meeting is scheduled if that is the desire off the attendees. 

The goal of the OPD with regard to Neighborhood Impact Meetings is three fold; first to solicit information about the offenses from those who live in the neighborhood, second to give the residents all the information about the offenses that law enforcement has and can release at this time to keep the residents informed and lastly to either begin or sustain a more collaborative relationship with this particular neighborhood with law enforcement for the future.