Police coming to hear concerns

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Do you feel safe in your neighbourhood? Secure in your home? Comfortable on the roads?

On November 7, Hamilton police will be in town to seek public input on what they're doing well, and what you think they might do differently.

And if a community survey of Flamborough undertaken last winter is an accurate snapshot, many local residents are concerned with the lack of police visibility in the area and the length of response time to police calls.

"People want more visible and more active community policing," said Flamborough councillor Margaret McCarthy, who believes there are ways the police could improve service in the area.

She said she hears complaints from residents that they mainly see officers conducting speed checks along Hwy. 5. "We have a whole community, not just Hwy. 5," she said. "I think there are areas where we definitely need to be improving."

The Flamborough meeting is one of a series of Community Safety Forums that Hamilton police are organizing to allow members of the public an opportunity to ask questions of the police force, and present their concerns around policing issues.

McCarthy will be attending the November 7 meeting, along with representatives from Flamborough's Crime Activity Prevention (CAP) program.

The CAP program, established in September 2004 as part of the National Crime Prevention Strategy, works to prevent crime by increasing community awareness and establishing community partnerships. Project Coordinator Karen Brown says Flamborough has some unique challenges when it comes to policing.

"It's a huge area to cover with only four officers," she notes, adding that isolated rural homes, easy highway routes in and out of the city and dark Concession roads can make it easy for many crimes to be committed.

She will be bringing with her to the upcoming meeting the feedback gathered by CAP through its community survey and a series of community meetings that have been held over the last year.

The Flamborough Community Safety Forum is scheduled for November 7, in the former Flamborough Town Hall council chambers, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The police are also holding special forums across Hamilton to communicate with religious, multicultural and special interest groups.

Police coming to hear concerns

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Do you feel safe in your neighbourhood? Secure in your home? Comfortable on the roads?

On November 7, Hamilton police will be in town to seek public input on what they're doing well, and what you think they might do differently.

And if a community survey of Flamborough undertaken last winter is an accurate snapshot, many local residents are concerned with the lack of police visibility in the area and the length of response time to police calls.

"People want more visible and more active community policing," said Flamborough councillor Margaret McCarthy, who believes there are ways the police could improve service in the area.

She said she hears complaints from residents that they mainly see officers conducting speed checks along Hwy. 5. "We have a whole community, not just Hwy. 5," she said. "I think there are areas where we definitely need to be improving."

The Flamborough meeting is one of a series of Community Safety Forums that Hamilton police are organizing to allow members of the public an opportunity to ask questions of the police force, and present their concerns around policing issues.

McCarthy will be attending the November 7 meeting, along with representatives from Flamborough's Crime Activity Prevention (CAP) program.

The CAP program, established in September 2004 as part of the National Crime Prevention Strategy, works to prevent crime by increasing community awareness and establishing community partnerships. Project Coordinator Karen Brown says Flamborough has some unique challenges when it comes to policing.

"It's a huge area to cover with only four officers," she notes, adding that isolated rural homes, easy highway routes in and out of the city and dark Concession roads can make it easy for many crimes to be committed.

She will be bringing with her to the upcoming meeting the feedback gathered by CAP through its community survey and a series of community meetings that have been held over the last year.

The Flamborough Community Safety Forum is scheduled for November 7, in the former Flamborough Town Hall council chambers, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The police are also holding special forums across Hamilton to communicate with religious, multicultural and special interest groups.

Police coming to hear concerns

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Do you feel safe in your neighbourhood? Secure in your home? Comfortable on the roads?

On November 7, Hamilton police will be in town to seek public input on what they're doing well, and what you think they might do differently.

And if a community survey of Flamborough undertaken last winter is an accurate snapshot, many local residents are concerned with the lack of police visibility in the area and the length of response time to police calls.

"People want more visible and more active community policing," said Flamborough councillor Margaret McCarthy, who believes there are ways the police could improve service in the area.

She said she hears complaints from residents that they mainly see officers conducting speed checks along Hwy. 5. "We have a whole community, not just Hwy. 5," she said. "I think there are areas where we definitely need to be improving."

The Flamborough meeting is one of a series of Community Safety Forums that Hamilton police are organizing to allow members of the public an opportunity to ask questions of the police force, and present their concerns around policing issues.

McCarthy will be attending the November 7 meeting, along with representatives from Flamborough's Crime Activity Prevention (CAP) program.

The CAP program, established in September 2004 as part of the National Crime Prevention Strategy, works to prevent crime by increasing community awareness and establishing community partnerships. Project Coordinator Karen Brown says Flamborough has some unique challenges when it comes to policing.

"It's a huge area to cover with only four officers," she notes, adding that isolated rural homes, easy highway routes in and out of the city and dark Concession roads can make it easy for many crimes to be committed.

She will be bringing with her to the upcoming meeting the feedback gathered by CAP through its community survey and a series of community meetings that have been held over the last year.

The Flamborough Community Safety Forum is scheduled for November 7, in the former Flamborough Town Hall council chambers, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The police are also holding special forums across Hamilton to communicate with religious, multicultural and special interest groups.