There are a few people saying we should sit down and talk for a while until we figure out our next steps. While these few wish to wait for guidance we need to
Message 1 of 2
, Feb 10, 2009
There are a few people saying we should sit down and talk for a while until
we figure out our next steps. While these few wish to wait for guidance we need
to stand up for our community. At 7:00 p.m. at 1500 Queen
Street, NE, we met today.
Neighborhood safety patrols are a proven strategy for reducing neighborhood
crime. The neighborhood patrol strategy is simple yet very effective
and everyone can participate. Guardian Angels started in New York and spread
throughout this country and abroad because citizens need to get involved and
stand up for what is right. Citizens, Guardian Angels and police are very
effective in reducing crime in all categories. This is a fact that does not need
I understand some hesitate to get involved and want to sit on the sidelines
until the problem affects them or their loved ones personally. We cannot wait
until we are targeted by violence or someone we love is hurt. We can no longer
afford to sit on the sidelines and fool ourselves into believing we
are studying the problem. We need to stand up for ourselves now!
Tonight s safety patrol served as a beacon of light and hope for the Trinidad community. Thank you Sergeant Cipolari, Sergeant Purnell, Officer Simms and
Message 2 of 2
, Feb 10, 2009
Tonight's safety patrol served as a beacon of light and hope for the
Trinidad community. Thank you Sergeant Cipolari, Sergeant Purnell, Officer Simms
and Officer Malka for walking with us and helping to make our community safer.
We met many new neighbors who appreciated the importance of neighborhood safety
patrols and they committed to joining our effort. We exchanged phone numbers,
warm hugs and hearty handshakes and solidified our commitment to saving our
community from violence. Some neighbors admitted they were afraid but committed
to walking with us anyway, underscoring real courage.
There are a few that believe safety patrols are a waste of time and
they prefer to talk about what we should do next; waiting for guidance and
postponing taking real action. Neighborhood safety patrols work, which is why
police throughout our country support them. National Night Out underscores the
importance of citizens working with police to reduce crime. Guardian
Angels have been helping citizens reclaim their neighborhoods for thirty years
and police and elected officials throughout the US request their assistance.
Anyone that says neighborhood safety patrols do not work is ignoring the facts
for their own purposes.
Finally, we do not need people sitting on the sidelines complaining and
waiting for the violence to stop. We need to take action now. Stop making
excuses for allowing people to come into this community and shooting whenever
they feel like it. We do not need any endless discussions about speculative
strategies when we have a real strategy that works and continues to produce
positive outcomes. We will walk with the Guardian Angels and police again next
Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. and we need concerned neighbors to join us. We need safe