A message from the Police Commander
First, I want to take a moment to recognize the foundation established by Major Manny Morales for successful Community Policing partnerships. Major Morales managed to reduce overall crime by -32% during 2014 and 2015 collectively. On October 1, 2016 it was down another -1% and our police team was able to finish the year strong with -3% for a 3 year total reduction of -35%! Total crime has been cut by 1/3 in 3 years!
We kicked off 2017 building upon our success. We currently lead the City with a reduction in overall crime compared to January 2016! Coconut Grove has been one of the most improved neighborhoods in Miami during the last several years and is one of the best places to live, work, and play!
That said, I recognize that some residents have been victims of thefts, burglaries, and gun violence. We had a string of home break-ins that occurred in consecutive days in Center and North Grove in November-December which created the feeling that crime was on the rise. We are still actively investigating some of those cases and have adjusted our patrols to address those areas. As a result of our strong partnerships with our Grove community, we were able to obtain information on some of these crimes and arrest those responsible. Additionally, we have implemented measures to reduce the likelihood of future violence in the area.
I would like everyone to know that we are also aware that traffic is a real concern! We are actively working to coordinate traffic flow with our schools and construction sites that impact our major traffic arteries. We are also implementing a regular traffic enforcement plan that will target the “back streets” and narrow neighborhood roads that are impacted by vehicles avoiding congestion on the main roads during rush hours. We will be rotating those enforcement efforts to the areas most heavily impacted by traffic.
Our police team is also aware of the importance of our business district to the Grove community. We are currently making some adjustments to schedules and assignments to enhance our presence in the business district restaurant and parking areas. We want to make sure that residents and visitors alike continue to enjoy everything that the business district has to offer.
In closing, I would like to thank everyone for your continued participation in policing our community. Our policing achievements are made possible by our partnerships with you, our residents and businesses. Please remember to lock your doors and secure your property. Most importantly “see something, say something”. Do not hesitate to call your police officers if you see something out of the ordinary. It is no “bother," it is what we do!
Commander Mike Gonzalez
Coconut Grove NET
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