"There is a perception that increased patrols in Carver Terrace mean less police visibility in Trinidad and vice versa."
There is no preception, that is exactly what STG Gudger said. The other Officers nodded in confirmation.
As my father drove here this morning to pick me up to vist my Grandmother's grave he saw drug dealers standing out. We call the police every day. This has to end.
I am sorry Comissioner Henderson or you wont be there, but as the stone was rolled away and tomb empty, we too must bare wittness to the fact that life goes on.
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. "
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
"Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself."
- President Richard M. Nixon
(Farewell to the White House Staff - August 9, 1974)
----- Original Message ----
Sent: Sunday, March 23, 2008 12:59:42 PM
Subject: [TrinidadDC] Re: PSA 504 Strategy after-meeting
Good Afternoon All:
I recognize Easter as one of the holiest days of the year for Christians around the world and believe it represents the perfect time to reflect on why we have been bickering since our last PSA meeting.
I believe the larger issue is that we are have been fighting for limited resources. There is a perception that increased patrols in Carver Terrace mean less police visibility in Trinidad and vice versa. The larger issue is that the entire Carver, Langston and Trinidad areas have been historically overlooked, disenfranchised and neglected. The spirited debate following the last PSA 504 meeting underscores our community's refusal to continue to accept the status quo.
Moving forward, I believe our PSA meetings must be productive and substantive, underscoring an authentic crime-fighting plan that addresses our desire to move this entire community forward to a safer paradigm. We should not accept PSA meetings that convene simply because the date and time dictate the facilitation of such meetings. Our PSA 504 meeting should provide the opportunity to answer citizen concerns and provide substantive information about our crime statistics, police response and how we can improve our public safety. It is reasonable to expect our Fifth District officials to respond to what I see is a clear indication that we want our PSA meetings to be more productive.
Finally, Commissioner Henderson and I are unable to attend the strategy meeting tomorrow; however, we remain committed to improving the quality of life for all of us. Let us mark this day as one to set aside any superficial differences and begin the real work of addressing our collective disenfranchisement and moving our entire community forward.
May God Bless You All.