Friday, February 24, 2012

APD reaches out in Pittsburgh

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 2:40 PM

NOT JACK CITY: Pittsburgh resident James Hughes shares his concerns with Officer Meredith
  • Joeff Davis
  • NOT JACK CITY: Pittsburgh resident James Hughes shares his concerns with Officer Meredith

During most of the day yesterday, officers with the Atlanta Police Department's MCOPS unit camped out in a parking lot directly across McDaniel Street from the convenience store where 20-year-old Brandon White was attacked by three purported gang members earlier this month.

I'll let the police department explain what MCOPS is/does:

The MCOPS [Mobile Community Oriented Police Station] situates the police station in the community and allows for closer police services to citizens where the police precinct is not in the general vicinity. The Community Liaison Unit is encouraging citizens in the neighborhood to stop by the mobile precinct and visit with Officers as they engage in community outreach and education efforts for the Pittsburgh community. The Officers will have crime prevention pamphlets and public safety information to share with the neighborhood.

The police have paid special attention to Pittsburgh since White's attack, increasing officer presence, particularly at the corner of McDaniel and Delevan streets. At around 3 p.m. yesterday, Officer Meredith of the department's Weed and Seed unit was manning the tent when a middle-aged woman in hospital scrubs approached. "Thank you so much for being here," she said. "The attention that you give the Old Fourth Ward — we want that right here."

Pittsburgh resident James Hughes also spoke with Officer Meredith. Hughes said he thinks the "mot effective thing" that might improve public safety in the neighborhood would be for a major store to move into the area and mitigate the temptation for people to deal in stolen goods. Gesturing to the sketchy-looking corner store across the street — known as "the pink store" — he said, "I strongly feel if we got a major corporation in here to invest, it would take away the necessity for this petty theft and stuff. What about a Kroger?"

He added, "I've been [a criminal] myself. God delivered me. I did my time. But I know personally, from experience there's a market for it."

Hughes took a free APD silicone bracelet and continued on his way.

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