Community Action Team Press Release

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From the Village of Johnson City Police Department:

PRESS RELEASE

The Johnson City Police Department is pleased to announce a new patrol initiative called the Community Action Team, or CAT unit.  The CAT unit is not part of the regular patrol function so its officers are not tied to a particular zone and do not respond to routine calls.  This leaves them free to focus on community policing and enforcement issues in our most troubled neighborhoods.  The main focus of the CAT unit is to utilize community policing practices and active enforcement of laws and statutes to positively impact the quality of life and safety factors in neighborhoods of need.

This idea for this unit was developed as part of a strategic plan to combat crime in our most vulnerable neighborhoods during the process of applying for a COPS grant under the Department of Justice.  Our grant application received the highest composite score out of all New York State applicants and we were one of only two departments in the state to receive COPS funding this year.

This funding pays for 50% of the salary and benefits for two new officers for a three year period.  With the approval of Mayor Deemie and the Board of Trustees we accepted the funding and were able to add two new officers.  The addition of these officers has provided us with the extra manpower we needed to start the CAT unit.

In order to assist the CAT unit with maximizing their results, we are planning to hold a series of several community meetings targeting various neighborhoods on the Southside of JC.  At these meetings we will introduce the officers to the community and inform them about the CAT unit’s mission.  These meetings will also give the residents an opportunity to meet the officers in person and become more comfortable with them, which will hopefully make the residents more likely to communicate with us about their neighborhood’s issues.  We believe that this type of interaction with the public is vital to our goal of improving the quality of life in these neighborhoods.

We are planning three different meetings at separate locations that will target different areas of the Village.  If a resident’s neighborhood lies outside of the described areas, or they are unable to attend their area’s meeting on the given date, then all are welcome to attend any of the meetings.     

The schedule and locations of the meetings is as follows:

The first meeting will be held at The Bridge Community Center at 143 Baldwin Street this Thursday, June 21st, from 6 to 7pm.  The target neighborhoods for this meeting are the Endicott Avenue area and the areas between Grand Avenue and Floral Avenue from Baldwin Street East to Binghamton.

The second meeting will be held at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage located at 48 Willow Street on Tuesday June 26th from 5 to 6pm.  The target neighborhoods for this meeting are Broad Street and the area of Main Street South up to and including Corliss Avenue.

The last meeting will be held at the Primitive Methodist Church at 4 Ackley Avenue on Thursday June 28th from 6 to 7pm.  The target neighborhoods for this meeting are Hudson Street and the area of Grand Avenue to Floral Avenue from Baldwin Street West to the Village line.

All residents are encouraged to come to a meeting to meet the CAT unit officers and take advantage of the opportunity to express their neighborhood concerns and ask questions.

We will post more descriptive maps on the Johnson City Police Department Facebook page.

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