101 Precinct Meeting Features Updates on Summer, Domestic Violence
Members of the 101 Precinct updated community representatives on several issues at the 101st Community Council Meeting on February 18. Ex ec utive Officer Alex Lalha, Domestic Violence Officer Sgt. Donna Houlihan and Sgt. Dave Morris (in charge of intelligence) spoke at the meeting.
Although Lalha told the group that crime in the 101 is down about 32 percent (year-to-date) he said more needs to be done.
"Quality of life issues still need to be focused on," said Lalha. "We believe [that quality of life issues] are totally necessary to combat and correct to prevent bigger problems."
Because of that, Lalha said that officers are being sent to housing developments and places with past quality of life problems looking for any new problems.
Lalha also announced that the pre cinct is already looking toward the summer months.
"We’d like to do something with the police in the community using the beach and the boardwalk as a re source," Lalha explained, saying that activities could be some type of exercise like riding bikes, walking or running. "Hopefully, it will be a weekly thing – a couple of hours on a designated beach.
"We’d appreciate any input. Before long it will be warm, and we’d like to have this underway."
Sgt. Houlihan explained new procedures, developed under Captain Wal ter Salowski, in the domestic violence unit.
"Most home visits are done after a report has been made and something might have happened," said Houlihan. "We do follow-ups whether an arrest was made or not.
"Under Captain Salowski, we’re going out on home visits where an incident will be reported to us, and it might have been just a verbal dispute. Normally we don’t respond unless there’s obviously some type of patent. We’re trying to pick up a lot more on those. If one or two [incidents] have happened and they’re in close proximity, we’re going to go knock on the door 85 and say ‘how’s things going’."
Houlihan told the members of the community that if they knew of anyone who could benefit from such a home visit to call the precinct and leave a message any time of the day or night.
As the 101 Field Intelligence Ser geant, Morris gathers information from such various sources as the street, prisoners, other officers and the community. If any information pans out, he’ll pass it along to the appropriate unit in the precinct.
"If anybody has any questions
[or information] give me a call anytime," said Morris.
The next 101st Precinct Community Council Meeting is Wednesday, March 17 at 4 p.m. at the 101st precinct house.