Beginning this weekend with onset of Spring Break and for the foreseeable future, I have instructed the officers of North Precinct of a change in our deployment and current strategies. Our efforts will concentrate on rooting out gang influences in the communities that the North Precinct currently serves. It is my contention that in doing so we will reduce not only street level crimes like personal robberies and narcotics distribution, but also have a positive influence on the crimes of burglary and larcenies committed by gang members who facilitate the gang trade.
This is a very proactive initiative and will result in a lot of contact between officers and members of the community who we jointly serve. As we gather intelligence throughout North Nashville, it is likely that those engaged in suspicious activity or even what appears to be lawful activity that is consistent with our experiences of gang involvement will find themselves subject to consensual encounters with police officers. There will be persons who will likely be contacted multiple times throughout multiple shifts as we work towards uprooting gang and criminal influences throughout North Precinct.
I share this with each of you on the front end that you may share with your constituents and followers our intentions. It is also important to me to know I have an ally in each of you. This effort that we are preparing to embark on is an unprecedented presence that will not go unnoticed. We anticipate some may choose to call our tactics with street menaces "harassment", or "racial profiling." I assure you that neither is the case. Our goal is to disrupt the gang influence and all criminal commerce associated with it, such as drive by shootings, robberies, burglaries and aggravated assaults.
In that vein, I ask that you assist us with the following. Tell the people that "Now is the Time" to step up for the sake of their neighborhoods and their children. The Police Department will be talking to all citizens in the area, explaining our intentions, and seeking information about all gang and criminal wrongdoing. This information can also be provided to us anonymously through North Precinct's Tip Line (862-7873.)
Thursday, March 10, 2011
North Precinct police officers to be "proactive" in community over Spring Break to "root out gang influences"
School Spring Break is a good time to focus on youth crime prevention in North Nashville, because a lot of kids are in the 'hoods with not a lot to do. Too bad Metro Parks couldn't have coordinated expanded community center hours and programming in tandem with this increased community policing effort announced by North Precinct Commander Anthony Carter: