Downtown Memphis Neighborhood Safety Meeting RECAP

Thursday April 14, 2016 (6:00pm-7:30 pm)

MPD speaks to residents at Five Spot during April safety meeting

MPD speaks to residents at Five Spot during April safety meeting

Guest in Attendance: Debra Streeter, Downtown Memphis Commission, (Security Manager) Councilman Edmund Ford Jr. (Vice Chairman City Council), Councilman Berlin Boyd(Memphis City Council),MPD Deputy Director Mike Ryall , Deputy Chief Terry Landrum (Deputy Chief Uniform Patrol Div. 2) Colonel Gloria Bullock (Commander North Main Station), LTC (ACTING) Keith Watson (Assistant Commander North Main Station), Veronica Sally Gardner (North Main Station Neighborhood Watch Coordinator), Benny Lendermon-(President Riverfront Development Corporation),

We Hear You: Thank you so much for attending our Neighborhood Safety Meeting. The meeting went very well with the exception of the sound system. Rest assured that will not be a problem moving forward. This was the first meeting and you voted to continue these gatherings more frequently. The next meeting is scheduled for June 16, 2016 @ 6:00pm in the Central Station Meeting Room. If there are any questions or concerns that you would like to have addressed at these meetings, please feel free to contact me at Streeter@downtownmemphis.com . I would like to have questions and concerns emailed to me prior to the meeting so we can have them addressed when meeting. I will invite someone from the District Attorney’s Office to join the panel at the next meeting.

Follow-up: Several questions were brought to the attention of the panel that required additional follow-up or research. LTC (Acting) Keith Watson advised reporting drug deals or any other criminal complaints anonymously by going to Memphispolice.org (Web tips) Also MPD North Main Station Clean-up behind the Cossitt Library will be turned over to the Office of Community Enhancement when needed.

Debra Streeter, Downtown Memphis Commission Security Manager, reached out to the University Of Memphis Law School Security and spoke with the Assistant Chief of Police Derrick Myers regarding vagrants and homeless loitering in the rear of the Law School. Derrick offered contact numbers to reach their Security 24 hours a day and he was also invited to attend our June 16 Safety Meeting.

Closure of Riverside Drive on Sunday: I reached out to the City Traffic Engineer Ken Johnson and he said Riverside Drive is a vital part of the transportation network and it is only closed for major events that require safety. We should give MPD the opportunity to correct and correct the concerns surrounding Tom Lee and Riverside. The North Main Station has added additional foot patrols in Tom Lee, a sky cop camera, and mounted patrol Officers. This additional patrol should offer a safer controlled environment. If not, please let us know.

To Report Aggressive Panhandling: The DMC Bike Officers are a (2) Officer team that patrols the Core of Downtown. During the summer and peak tourist season, the number of officers increases to four patrol officers in teams of (2) Thursday-Sunday. Their primary focus is aggressive panhandling and quality of life issues. Patrol boundaries are Exchange on the North, Beale Street on the South, BB King on East and Front Street on the West. Their hours of operation are Sunday-Wednesday 9:00AM-10:00PM and Thursday-Saturday 9:00AM-11:00PM during the January-April and May-December an additional hour each day. To Contact Please Call 901-281-1946.

Aggressive Panhandling Law: the State Law on Aggressive Panhandling was enacted July 1, 2015. A person commits Aggressive Panhandling when a solicitation of money or goods is done in the following manner:
• By intentionally touching the person being solicited without the person’s consent;
• By intentionally obstructing the path of the person, or the vehicle of the person being solicited;
• By following a person who is walking away from the person soliciting a donation, unless that person has indicated they wish to make a donation;
• By making any statement, gesture, or other communication that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear of personal harm for refusing a solicitation of a donation;
1) A first violation is a Class C Misdemeanor
2) A second or subsequent violation is a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by a fine or a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, or both

North Main Station: North Main Station Commanders Colonel Gloria Bullock and LTC (Acting) Major Keith Watson. Boundaries: West –Mississippi River, South-Crump, North- I-40, East – I-240 & Wolf River. There are 9 wards within this Precinct. Please contact Memphis Police @ 901-545-COPS (2677) to report criminal activity. If you don’t report it, they will never know!

North Main Station Neighborhood Watch Coordinator: Veronica Garner is the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator for North Main station. There is combined neighborhood Watch Meeting that @ Crump Station the first Tuesday of each month. We recommend that all citizens attend the Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) that is a nine-week program that begins September 6, 2016. The 2016 National Night Out is Tuesday August 2, 2016.

Hospitality Hub: Hospitality Hub is located at 82 North 2nd St. (Corner of 2nd & Jefferson) Hours of operation are Monday-Wednesday-Friday 9:30am-1:30pm. The Hub provides counseling, hospitality services, computer, phone and locker access. For more information go to hositalityhub.org or call 901-522-1808.

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