Police discuss new action plan for Coconut Grove
Last night, 120 neighbors showed up for the crime meeting at Plymouth Church. Police Commander Richard Gentry was present, along with Mayor Tomas Regalado and District 2 Commissioner Marc Sarnoff. Gentry was well received, the mayor and commissioner, not so much. Both blamed others for the 95 man shortage in the 450 man roster of active street cops. They blamed HR and Unions, the crowd did not buy it.
Neighbors expressed their concern about the rise in crime in the past few months. The Commander said, "Please express to all of your neighbors that the Miami Police Department will ensure our due diligence at the highest caliber in our efforts to curtail crime and promote a safe community."
The Police Department's action plan consists of the following:
1. Police Enforcement
3. Crime Prevention
4. Community Partnership/Involvement
5. Youth Intervention
Some of the strategies in place for their 60 day Operational Plan are as follows:
1. Police Officers assigned to patrol will enhance their visibility within all areas of concern.
2. Sgt Wing (Problem Solving Supervisor) will conduct surveillance.
3. Beat Units will enhance visibility within all areas of concern within Coconut Grove. This will include bike patrol and park & walk details. Radar enforcement will be conducted.
4. Motors Unit will conduct radar enforcement in designated locations.
5. Mounted Patrol will be present at Kennedy Park and Merrie Christmas Park. They'll also patrol in the neighborhoods. Currently they are assigned to Grove during weekends.
6. All Police Officers assigned to the Grove will enhance their efforts with passing out Watch Over Miami Cards. This is a great crime prevention measure that we support.
7. Continue working closely with Crime Stoppers.
8. Continue working closely with the State Attorney's Office.
9. Continue working closely with our citizens to enhance our Community Partnership.
10. Continue working closely with our Business Owners within Coconut Grove.
11. Continue working closely with our Criminal Investigation Division..
12. All Patrol Sergeants will be mandated to conduct proactive measures within the areas of concern determined by crime analysis.
"I will also personally monitor this operational plan on a daily and weekly basis to ensure our success," said Gentry.
If you or any of your neighbors have any concerns regarding the Miami Police Department, please refer them to one of the Neighborhood Resource Officers, Officer Leo Carrillo (305-389-7996) or Officer Matthew Vasquez (954-821-4755).
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