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Monday, July 12, 2010

City To Host Ceasefire Community Meeting

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling joins Flint Area Congregations Together
To Host Ceasefire Community Meeting
Flint Mayor Dayne Walling and Flint Area Congregations Together (FACT) will host a Ceasefire community meeting. This free community event will be held Tuesday July 13, 2010 at 6:00pm at First Presbyterian Church, 746 South Saginaw Street.
Chief Jim Fealy of the High Point, North Carolina Police Department will be the featured speaker.

Chief Fealy will discuss how the Ceasefire Public Safety initiative helped turn his city around. The City of High Point implemented the Ceasefire model in 1997 and has reported a more than 50 percent reduction in crime in their community.

The Flint Ceasefire public safety initiative is built on the foundation of strong enforcement coupled with coordinated opportunities for rehabilitation for some offenders. Flint Ceasefire relies on strong partnerships among law enforcement, social service providers, government, faith leaders and the community. During the Ceasefire community meeting residents will learn how they can join with this coalition to help make Flint safer.

The Flint Ceasefire initiative is comprised of several key components including: community mobilization, public education, data driven enforcement, selection of targeted offenders and youth outreach and violence interruption. The program draws on several models including High Point, NC Drug Market Intervention (DMI) and the Chicago Ceasefire Initiative.

The City of Flint has requested more than $2.5M in federal grants for the implementation of this program. Mayor Dayne Walling says with or without the federal grant dollars the city is committed to implementing Ceasefire. "The residents of this community have told me that public safety is their top priority. The police chief and I are committed to an effective crime reduction strategy," said Mayor Walling. The Ceasefire Public Safety model has been effective in other cities; I believe it can be effective in our community too."

City Begins Blue Badge Volunteer Corps Training

Beginning Tuesday, July 13, 2010 the City of Flint will begin Blue Badge Patrol Volunteer Corps Training. The training sessions are for residents interested in being a volunteer at one of the city’s police mini-stations; a neighborhood crime watch; or Flint Police volunteer.

Mayor Dayne Walling’s Blue Badge Patrol Volunteer Corps is the umbrella for all City of Flint crime fighting initiatives that involve active participation from residents, including block clubs, crime watches, mini stations and police volunteers.

The program offers an amazing opportunity for government and residents to work together. It is built upon the principles of community policing. Community policing means community members are the ‘eyes and ears’ for police, addressing both crime and quality of life issues.
“It is partnerships between residents, business owners, and police working together that have a positive impact on reducing neighborhood crime, reducing fear of crime and enhancing the quality of life in the community,” said Mayor Dayne Walling.

Training and successfully passing a background check is required for all participants in the Blue Badge Patrol Volunteer Corps.

Training sessions have been scheduled for the following days:

Blue Badge Training Sessions
Mini Station Volunteer Training
July 13, 2010 - 9:30AM - Haskell Community Center
July 14, 2010 – 2:00 PM – Haskell Community Center
Crime Watch Training
July 26, 2010 – 6:00PM – Urban League of Flint
July 28, 2010 – 6:00PM – MCC Regional Technology Center (Auditorium)
Flint Police Volunteer Training
August 2, 2010 – 6:00PM – MTA Downtown Terminal (Rosa Parks Room)
August 4, 2010 – 10:00AM – Flint Public Library

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

City Of Flint Residents Advised Against The Illegal Use of Fire Hydrants

The use of fire hydrants by unauthorized persons is a violation of
Flint City Ordinance and presents a public safety threat.

City of Flint officials are advising residents to not turn on fire hydrants for relief from the sweltering heat of summer. The use of fire hydrants by unauthorized persons is a violation of Flint city ordinance and presents a public safety threat.

The ordinance is found in the Flint city charter under section 46-15 - Use of Hydrants without Permission. It shall be unlawful for any person, other than city employees, to use hydrants without first having obtained permission from the Fire Chief and the Superintendent of Water Supply. Violation of this ordinance is a misdemeanor offense.

There is also a risk of injury to the persons involved when these hydrants are being turned on illegally. The illegal use of fire hydrants can also cause a public safety threat as well. The city’s fire suppression is at risk whenever hydrants are turned on illegally. The illegal use of fire hydrants can make it impossible for the city to supply enough water in emergency situations causing the possible loss of life, buildings and homes.