||Vol. XV, No. 12
77th STREET AREA BASIC CAR COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER
Brief 2-paragraph monthly message from the Area Commanding Officer
Happy holidays 2013! In most cultures and traditions, the month of December is a time of humanity, gift giving, and festive gatherings with cherished friends and loved ones. The winter solstice occurs this month marking the beginning of winter as well as the longest day of the year and the end of 2013. As I reflect on 2013, I feel immense pride for all we have accomplished this past year. Our successful partnership with the loyal 77th Street Area community has resulted in a continued drop in crime and sustained improvement in the quality of life for all. In addition, combined efforts to improve the environment for our youth leave me feeling overwhelmed by the generosity and charitable spirit of our dedicated community.
I am pleased to announce that last month we premiered our new “Little Free Library” at the 77th front desk. The library features books for kindergarten reading level through 9th grade and provides “free” book loans to encourage kids to develop a love of reading. Studies show that people who read enjoy better health, make more money, and serve their communities more effectively. Please bring your children in and help them discover their inner creativity, wisdom, and imagination along with a solid foundation of literacy.
Please join us this month for our Tree Trimming Event December 12th, our Basket Giveaway with Jeopardy Officer Bonita Williams December 16th, and finally the highly anticipated Shoe Giveaway on December 19th. All the events are great opportunities to join nearby community members and meet with our officers who look forward to seeing you there. Also, please review the list of scheduled monthly Community Partnership Meetings. All are welcome.
Finally, please remember these important shopping safety tips while you’re doing your holiday shopping:
• Shop during daylight hours whenever possible
• Avoid wearing expensive jewelry
• Do not carry a purse or wallet if possible
• Stay alert to your surroundings
• Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason
• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
• Avoid overloading yourself with packages
From our home to yours, I wish you a safe and peaceful holiday season.
ROBERT N. ARCOS, Captain
77th Street Community Police Station
2013 Annual Work Plan Goals
77th Street Area is strengthening the Community-Police Partnership by increasing the number of youth in the Area Juvenile Programs, increasing the number of volunteer opportunities, and promoting community participation in Block Club activities.
77th Street Area is working on maintaining and strengthening the Area Safe Park Programs by bringing recreational activities back to neighborhood parks. The 77th Street Area Police Activities League is promoting leadership and team work through an “all kids shall play” sports and mentoring league. Contact 77th Street Area Community Relations for more information (213) 485-4285.
Community Partnership Meetings
Community Police Advisory Board Every 2nd Thursday, 7:00 pm
Hispanic Outreach Meetings Every 4th Friday, 7:00 pm
Clergy Council Meetings Every 4th Wednesday, 7:00 pm
Explorer Scout (Youth Meeting) Every Thursday, 6:30 pm
LOCK IT! HIDE IT! KEEP IT!
Don’t be victimized!
LOCK IT! – Always lock your vehicle.
HIDE IT! – Hide your valuable from plain sight.
KEEP IT! – Personal responsibility & prevention can safeguard your valuables from theft.
• Always lock your car!
• Keep your windows rolled up.
• Lock items in the trunk.
• Park in well lit area.
• Leave items in plain view.
• Leave engine running when you are away from the car.
Contact 77th Street Area Senior Lead Office for more information (213) 847-2817