The Neighborhood Officer Meet & Greet, the third phase of the Bahama Village Community Policing Initiative, will be held Monday, March 7, at 6 p.m. at the Frederick Douglass Nutrition Center, Key West City Commissioner Carmen Turner announced.
“The goal is to introduce the community to the four Key West police officers who will exclusively to patrol Bahama Village,” Commissioner Turner said. They are providing the neighborhood with 24-hour coverage, beginning Feb. 28. The officers are Henry Arroyo, Lee Lovette, Todd Stevens and Kelly Thomas, which constitute the Bahama Village Community Policing Team. Coverage will be supplemented with four additional officers who will patrol areas both inside and outside of the Village, as the need arises.
“Tax Increment Financing funding has allowed us to provide this service for our residents,” Commissioner Turner said. “That money is assessed from property in Bahama Village and must be spent there. This year’s proceeds are dedicated to building a better neighborhood, one that is safe for our children. We’re developing a true community policing model, one which can be duplicated throughout the city.”
During the meeting, members of the Key West Police Department will also report on the success of phase two of the initiative: a two-week, high-intensity effort to limit drug activity. Attendees will also be provided with a list of contact numbers specific to the Bahama Village Community Policing Initiative, along with crime prevention and reporting tips. Emma Street Sub-station, Crime Stoppers, Street Crimes are only a few of the numbers residents will be given to assist in making the neighbor safe for our children.
The fourth phase of the initiative is a special workshop entitled “Community Engagement: Mobilizing Our Community Against Crime.” The workshop will begin Friday, March 11, at 5:30 p.m. and continue Saturday, March 12, at 9 a.m. The presentation will be held at the Nutrition Center, and meals will be catered by Bahama Village restaurants.
“The community engagement course can help the community develop a collaborative, proactive approach to addressing the issues of crime and the quality of life,” Key West Police Lieutenant Frank Sauer said. For more information on the community engagement workshop, or to RSVP your attendance, call Sauer at 809-1011.