Thursday, August 7, 2014
The Community Resource Center in Summerville is hosting a Town Hall meeting with the Summerville Police Department Aug. 12 in Doty Field Station in Summerville.
The purpose of the meeting is to create and provide a forum for the community – particularly the Brownsville, Germantown, Palmetto Park, Robynwyn, and Shepard Park neighborhoods - and public officials to come together and get to know each other in a neutral setting and have polite but candid discussions about issues that are important to the community.
“I am very pleased with the success we’ve seen from these meetings,” CRC Executive Director Louis Smith said. “I am especially pleased that both the community and the police department are working in such a proactive manner.”
The meeting is the third such meeting hosted by CRC, Smith said.
The forum will cover a number of issues, including crime prevention/neighborhood watch programs, strategies for dealing with drug activity, and even profiling.
Smith noted that the Summerville Police Department is working very hard and does a good job – but it needs the community’s help, just as the community needs the department. To that end, the forum should go a long way in fostering community relations as well as providing valuable information to the public, Smith said.
“One thing the community is starting to really understand is just how difficult the police department’s job really is,” Smith said. “The community wants to help, they want to make things better and safer, and they want to get more involved in helping the police solve crimes and prevent criminal activity.”
Smith alluded to unsolved murders in the area, noting that the police have worked those cases diligently, but ultimately, information is going to need to come from the community to resolve those cases and bring the guilty parties to justice.
The forums have not only allowed members of the community to ask questions and gather information from government officials, but also have gone a long way in clearing up misunderstandings and correcting misinformation, he said.
“I think this is a huge step in helping the entire community, not just these troubled communities,” Smith said. “This may be the first time the information has been presented in this manner to these communities – a proactive approach rather than a reaction to a crisis.”
The Town Hall Meeting will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 12 in Doty Field Station, 320 North Laurel Street , Summerville. The public is invited. For more information call 879-9508.