The October Neighborhood Safety Meeting was a productive, focused meeting where the audience came away with new information and hope for improvements in public safety The meeting began with update from the Detroit Police 6th/8th Precinct leadership.  New Captain Marlon Wilson of the 6th Precinct introduced himself to the group and answered questions. Office Owens from the community relations department also provided an update on several police initiatives; including a fall coat drive which will culminate on November 23. The GRDC Annex Office (19566 Grand River Ave) will be a drop off location for coat donations until Friday, November 22nd.

GRDC Staff member Kiana Miller gave an overview from the Bullying Prevention Workshop that was provided for teens in the area the previous weekend. Overall, the workshop was very well received. Through various activities, teenagers were able to discuss and learn productive ways to deal with bullying. It was shared with the audience that over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year and approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying. Parents were given a family resource guide and other literature related to bullying prevention strategies.  Bullying Prevention Workshop Reflections

Karen Johnson Moore, Community Safety Program Manager, shared valuable information about Help Eliminate Auto Theft (H.E.A.T.) and Crime Stoppers, two anonymous tip-lines that provide monetary rewards for information leading to arrests. We encourage people to use these resources and report anything that could help reduce crime in our city.

There will not be a Neighborhood Safety Meeting in November. The next Neighborhood Safety Meeting will take place on December 19th at 6:30 PM at the North Rosedale Park Community House, 18445 Scarsdale. Attorney and former Deputy Mayor, Saul Green, will be talking about the Ceasefire Initiative.