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“No More Children Living in Fear”
by Allan Appel | Oct 2, 2013 7:20 am
Posted to: West Hills, Westville, Whalley
A newly created public safety commission. A manual of police tips, in print and on line, to frustrate robbers in stores and protect employees. And a standing community fund instantly available to aid victims of violence.
Those ideas emerged at a press conference Tuesday afternoon convened by Beaver Hills/Westville Alderwoman Angela Russell at the Burger King at Whalley and East Ramsdell, One of that restaurant’s managers was shot in the legs and badly injured in a robbery a month ago.
Russell seized the occasion of the beginning of National Violence Prevention Month to gather police brass and local officers, mayoral candidate Toni Harp, and a few residents to announce her bundle of new public safety initiatives she calls “No Child Living in Fear.”
Tuesday’s announcement grew out of a meeting Russell convened immediately after the shooting, when she pledged to work to come up with a new set of public safety initiatives.
Russel said her initiative is not so much new, but bringing current community policing to a new level by energizing neighbors, local businesses, clergy, police, and media.
She said the commission, which she must propose to the Board of Aldermen, would keep the issue of violence more visible. District manager Renee Forte said the police are coordinating with Russell’s initiative. For example, they are preparing a checklist and guide so that business owners can avert robberies and should one occur, employees will have procedures and plans in place.
Richard Furlow, a member of Russell’s Ward 27 committee, agreed to go up and down Whalley Avenue assembling contact information from merchants.
“I noticed that most [non-managerial] employees don’t have a plan for what to do in case of an emergency,” he said.
That means not only how to avert a robbery, but also, should one occur, to have an escape route prepared, and to have family contact information onsite.
Sgt. Robert Lawlor, Jr., the head of the police department’s robbery and burglary unit, said tips he provided to the city’s Radio Shack outlets were successful this spring after a rash of robbery attempts against that chain. Those tips included removing large, obscuring, advertising signs from windows, and having an escape route out the back always clear and open.
Those procedures would appear in the Russell’s proposed manual.
Russell said lots of this material is out there, both in New Haven and online from other towns. “I have a knack for coordinating, conveying, and pulling the pieces of the puzzle together,” she said.
She said the next step is a meeting for business owners, to be held at the area Denny’s, on Oct. 12 or 19.
Police officials said they have made progress in the investigation of the shooting at Burger King. They declined further comment.
Tags: Angela Russell, Burger King
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Where was Justin Elicker? Doesn’t he care about crime and violence in Westville?
Yes, Mr Elicker DOES care about crime & violence.
HE even has plans in which to address crime in New Haven - All of New Haven.
Check it out:
Pay particular attention to numbers: 8,9,10,11,57 for immediate changes or for long term fixes read numbers: 2,3,13,14,15,50,52.
They are all great ideas.
Where should I go to read Ms. Harps ideas?
Ms Harp looks good standing next to someone with their own ideas about how to combat crime in New Haven, I just wish she had some ideas of her own, not just those of her handlers. It seems all she is capable of, is meaningless photo ops and feel good dances. Zero substance.
Ironically, this crime might not have happened if Senator Harp hadn’t sat by as Whalley Avenue was widened from a potentially-pleasant, walkable neighborhood street (the one that citizens clearly wanted) into the “superhighway to Woodbridge” a couple of years ago.
Sadly, this shooting happened a few steps from where a young girl was run over and killed by a red light runner the year before the widening project was approved.
When you refuse to uphold citizen-approved plans, this is the kind of disinvestment, job loss, and violence that you get.
I admire Russell, but let’s face the facts: a flyer and a new “commission” won’t eliminate the shootings. Building neighborhoods in the way that residents want them to be built, and in ways that will bring jobs, will.
For that to happen, we have to overcome some of the entrenched suburban interests who just want to add more parking garages - particularly leaders like Senator Harp who are completely unresponsive to the communities that they represent in Hartford.
Where is the talking point about good parenting and personal responsibility? You want to end the violence? It starts at home. There are far too many parents who are sanctioning and raising thugs. A victim’s fund means you have more victims. How does a victim’s fund mean you aren’t living in fear? A checklist on what to do if you’re being robbed, or how to avoid being robbed is nice, but it presumes you’re going to get robbed. That makes my kids and family feel safe? There’s a lot of preening here. When you wake up the next morning without the benefit of all that lipstick and make-up, the ugly truth is still there which I guess is why you have a victim’s fund.
@ Brian V and @ Newhaventaxpayer
You seem to miss the point of the article. It’s about Community collaborative efforts to find real solutions to identified problems! It’s the kind of collaborative effort that Justin has never—and will never—be able to engage in because he has little reach and experience into New Haven neighborhoods and neighborhood leaders. It’s not about putting words on paper in an election season, to talk about problems in neighborhoods he knows nothing about. Its about working with people to make things happen. Something that the Oracle from New Canaan knows nothing about.
BTW - Anon
I believe it is about time to stop trying to score political points on the unfortunate and tragic car accident on Whalley Avenue. Have some respect for the child’s family, who undoubtedly never wished for you to turn their grief into a political talking point.