Community Police Advisory Board
Larry Stearn * John Manning * Dennis Dishaw * Dave Brown * Ofc. Ryan Caplette * Sylvie Wilmot * Tom Williams * Nishan Darakdjian * Cpt. Kris Pitcher * Lorraine New * Carol Jensen * Greg Baker * Jim Dellinger * Chris Greene
Beverly Adler * Mike Dobry * Josh Jordahl * Carlos Sandoval * Feiman Ayelet * Punam Gohel * Gary Fordyce * Frejeanne Scott * Ira Kaplan * Jerry Volkenant * Donna Smith * Helen Davis * Laura Kelly * Erica De Smith * Howard Jensen * Tony Pasano * Mike Panman * Shirley Ellis * Louis Stepter * Richard "rj" Jones * Erik Ingerbrigisen
Meeting called to order at 1905 hrs by Larry Stearn
Previous minutes were approved and seconded
Captain Pitcher gave explanation regarding constitutional policing and how we adhere to it at Devonshire Division. He explained he along with his supervisory team go over it regularly and is followed with complete compliance.
Capt. Pitcher explained that crime is down again in Devonshire Division. As a whole, there are several other divisions that have higher percentage in crime reduction. However, they have not built year upon year as Devonshire has. Currently, we are experiencing a 4 year trend in crime reduction. Question was asked about the neighborhood watch signs and how much of a difference the signs themselves make. Capt. Pitcher explained the signs alone do not deter as much of crime, but rather they work as a catalyst to mobilize the community towards the same goals of crime reduction.
During the crime update, there were questions about specific incidents that affected some of the C-PAB members. Capt. Pitcher addressed their concerns and explained that the investigation is ongoing and was not able to discuss the specifics of the investigation. Another issue about neighboring divisions and their crime reduction goal and how it affected Devonshire were brought up. Capt. Pitcher explained that when a division is in need of resources, the City can divert different resources to that division to aid in crime reduction.
Board Member responsibilities: Larry Stearn addressed the ongoing concern with Chief Paysinger. He explained that each board member needs to feel responsibility and effectively contribute to the common goals of C-PAB. Capt Pitcher advised there were two vanes that C-PAB needs to be concerned with.
First, Capt. Pitcher stated he wants to renovate the front lobby area of the division. The City has no budget for renovations for the division. Capt. Pitcher has requested to have Devonshire C-PAB provide necessary renovations to make the front lobby a more pleasurable experience. By bringing design ideas and fund raising activities, we can turn a potential negative experience into a positive one. There is a new Desk Training Officer who was recently promoted.
Second, Capt. Pitcher suggested restructuring C-PAB and revitalize the by-laws. There are ongoing issues for no shows of board members and accountability. It is the responsibility of the Commanding Officer of a division to point the C-PAB into the direction of the highest crime incidence. Capt. Pitcher advised personal theft is the number one issue facing Devonshire at this time. He wants to use CPAB and its members to aid in the theft reduction by communication mediums and participation.
Currently, we reached approximately 66% of our fund raising goal from C-PAB members. Capt. Pitcher advised the remodel will not occur until all funds have been procured. Greg Baker came forward to aid in the transformation of the lobby by using his resources and labor. There was also security issues brought up by some of the members, in light of recent events at West Bureau. Capt. Pitcher stated he wants to keep the same footprint of the current lobby, but is open to other less invasive means of security to be included with the remodel.
There were concerns about the 4th of July holiday and the abuse of private illegal fireworks in the division. Capt. Pitcher recommended the members and neighbors call in the occurrence so arrests can be made. He did concede that most of the resources for the division will be at the Shepard of the Hills Church for their large show. VST was thought of as an additional resource to aid in the observation and communication.
With no other business the meeting was adjourned at 2005 hours.