As you all know, our neighborhood has faced a recent rash of shootings and Monday night the theft of a gun from a security guard at Safeway. As of this time, no one has been caught in connection with these crimes.
I'd like to provide an additional update on some of the work happening behind the scenes to help get this situation under control before the summer months. Here is what I know and can share publicly:
1. Expect additional police presence in our area. Officers across the city are focused on this neighborhood.
2. The Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE) and the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) will also be bringing on new staff to address the violent conflict playing out on our streets as soon as possible, but ONSE is a new office and the DBH staff to handle that are not currently in place yet. Their original goal was to be prepared for summer, but crime has hit us early this year. So, please keep that in mind. These offices have been made aware of recent issues and are working to speed up the process.
3. Expect additional police cameras in the area soon. Temporary ones have already gone up in some spots.
I know this is still a very scary situation, but I hope having additional information and knowing that there is work going on to help will at least offer some sense of support.
President, Langston Civic Association