Investigator Brain Fountain, a 31-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department, was the guest speaker at the September Neighborhood Safety Meeting, addressing the topic of “Understanding Criminal Behavior.” Investigator Fountain explained patterns of behavior that the police find to be common among people committing crimes.

Investigator Fountain also suggested ways to curb criminal behavior, or as he put it, “interrupt the violence.” Having a strong adult involved in kids’ lives can go a long way toward curbing future involvement in criminal behavior. This adult could be a parent, a teacher, a coach, a neighbor, or other family member – anyone who takes the time to show a young person that they care can be very effective in encouraging that young person to stay on the right track.       Also in attendance at the Neighborhood Safety Meeting was First Lieutenant Michael Donovan who reported that all crimes except for car jackings and aggravated assault were down in the 6th and 8th Precincts. Recently a crew that had burglarized several businesses on 7 Mile had been apprehended, and 15 guns were confiscated.

The next Neighborhood Safety Meeting will take place on Thursday, October 22 at 6:30pm at the North Rosedale Park Community House, 18445 Scarsdale. The speaker will be Commissioner Ricardo R. Moore and the topic will be “Duties of the Police Commissioner.” Light refreshments will be provided. Neighborhood Safety Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information email, or call 313.387.4732, ext. 109.

The photo features Neighborhood Safety Meeting volunteer Robert Patterson and First-time Attendee Wanda Bynum.