On Monday, November 18th, over 150 community members, city officials and representatives from the Tacoma Police Department packed the Sector 1 substation on Tacoma's Hilltop to address concerns expressed by community members about a recent series of violent crimes committed on the Hilltop.
The meeting served two man purposes; the first, to give our community members a voice, a chance to be heard and to address their concerns directly to the Police and public officials. The second purpose was to allow direct dialog between community members, city officials and the police department to address the problems and seek solutions together.
All community members who wished to speak were able to address the the standing room only crowd which spilled out into the hallway and front of the substation. Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell and Lieutenant LeRoy Standifer answered questions inside. City Council member Lauren Walker who lives on and represents the Hilltop and City Manager T.C. Broadnax also addressed the crowd.
TPD Captain Shawn Gustason and city council member David Boe stayed outside with those who were unable to get in to the packed meeting to hear concerns and answer questions.
While the TPD can not give detailed information out on active investigations so as not to compromise them and to ensure successful prosecution, both the beating at 19th and MLK and the shooting in the vicinity of 17th and Ainsworth are being actively investigated and it is reported that progress is being made.
KIRO 7 News Coverage [video] http://q13fox.com/2013/11/18/hilltop-residents-concerned-about-increasing-crime/
Tacoma News Tribune Coverage http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/11/18/2900701/at-meeting-about-violent-hilltop.html
We hope that the energy, and enthusiasm displayed at this meeting will carry over to our regular monthly meetings, held every 3rd Monday of the month from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
As was stated time and time again, by concerned neighbors and citizens, “We have to become involved” as echoed by Chief Ramsdell, “Public safety is not a spectator sport.”
Our next meeting, which will focus on block groups, individual citizen action and how everyone can be involved in making our neighborhood safe, will take place on Monday, December 16th at 6:00 PM. We hope to be in our new office space at the Hilltop Regional Community Health Care Clinic and to utilize the much larger public conference room.
Please join us.