Keeping our community safe is a concern I often hear as I meet our neighbors. Sitting on our Neighborhood Board I hear the same safety concerns month after month. I intend on addressing it.
To keep our neighborhoods safe, brave residents are creating neighborhood watches. I will work hard to encourage this practice and make it as easy as possible by connecting HPD officers to those residents interested in starting their own neighborhood watch. The officers provide professional assistance and training, and their expertise is invaluable. Citizens can help keep our community safe, and I will work hard to involve our community in the process.
I also believe that we need to use the most up to date technology to keep our neighborhoods safe. For example, HPD now tracks the number of crimes and their location online. Residents need to be alerted to what's happening around them. We now can receive text message alerts from HPD, and I hope one day we can also utilize our own technology, such as a smart phone, to communicate back with those meant to protect us to tip off suspicious behavior or people through texts, our GPS location, or our own pictures and videos. The city has moved in this direction with an app, and I hope other areas follow suit.
Lastly, we need laws that allow the police to do their job. At a recent Neighborhood Board meeting we listened to an officer speak of the frustration in dealing with repeat law breaking individuals even after they had been apprehended. A dialogue between law enforcement and legislators is needed to ensure HPD can best do their job.