Stop Crime in Your Neighborhood By Teaming Up with Your Neighbors

Stop Crime in Your Neighborhood By Teaming Up with Your Neighbors

Don’t wait for a natural disaster or neighborhood emergency to get to know your neighbors. Not every neighborhood is crime free. There are some neighborhoods that have less crime than others. It is our responsibility to do what we can to alleviate crime in our neighborhoods.

The following are 5 simple and easy ways to team up with your neighbors to keep your neighborhood safe from crime.

  • Get to know your neighbors –  First thing you should do is meet your neighbors. This can be done by a door-to-door meet and greet or maybe invite the neighbors for a block party. If meeting face to face is not in the cards for you a great resource to use is Nextdoor.com.
  • Invite law enforcement into your community – Once you have gotten to know your neighbors, invite law enforcement into your community for a little town hall meeting. An officer would be more than happy to meet with your community to discuss crime prevention tips as well as inform you of what crimes have been occurring in your neighborhood or around it. They can also suggest ways for your community to work together to keep crime out of your neighborhood.
  • Find out who has surveillance cameras – It is always a good idea to find out who has surveillance cameras and how they are positioned. This will assist law enforcement with crimes such as Burglaries, theft, hit n runs, or any other crime that may occur. Detectives can use this information to hunt down criminals that may come in contact with a camera.
  • Form a Neighborhood Watch – After talking with law enforcement build your neighborhood watch. A great way is to place signs at any entrance to your community. A great tool we use for the modern day is the Neighborhood Watch App. This app allows you to report suspicious activity directly to law enforcement or to the neighborhood watch appointed captain.
  • Keep up on Crime Trends – In my neighborhood, we use Nixle.com. This website allows you to put in your city and local law enforcement will update accordingly based on what is going on in your community directly and those around you. A quiet neighborhood is not exempt from crime. By knowing what kind of crimes are occurring around you can help you prevent crime in your community.
  • Security Cameras – If your community is experiencing more crime than usual, consider getting security cameras. This can be done by getting them yourself and have them set up to where you can watch them from your phone or computer anywhere or even monitored by a security company. I highly recommend anything that has night vision capabilities.

These simple steps will help you keep your community safe. If you live in a large community like I do, break your community up by streets. We have about 40 houses per street. It is true that not all neighbors will be so forthcoming with wanting to help out and know that is fine. We keep an eye on each other. #TakeCareOfEachOther

CRUSHED…

Crushed

I have been working to get on a police agency for the last 15 months. Today I received a letter in the mail stating I had failed the psychological evaluation. I don’t exactly know how to feel about that. I have done so much and worked so hard to find out I failed.

I became frustrated and angry. Then I became upset and a bit sad. I feel that there is a reason I failed but no the psych reason. Maybe it is not my time. Maybe I need more time to prepare to be ready. I am sure I can figure it out.

I have 90 days to dispute the failure and be re-evaluated by a psychologist of my choosing. I will need to think about this and determine if this is the agency I want to continue to pursue. My heart was settled on this agency because I feel they are the best to work for and I see an amazing career there. I just hate the fact that I have worked so hard to fail.

Those who succeed failed many times. I will not fail. I will prevail one way or another.

I think the one thing that bothers me so much is the many times I called, including today, I feel I was lied to about my status. I could tell by the way the tone changed in the person’s voice when I asked and the person looked it up. I could tell they did not want to give me the bad news. I feel they did not live up to the Integrity and Courage that this agency prides themselves on. Oh well. I guess I will continue to be open and honest in hopes to not fail again.

At the moment I just feel crushed.

GNF

Keeping Your Kids Safe In Your Neighborhood

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Growing up, I recall needing to always tell my parents where I was going and where I was going to be. I had an hourly check in and needed to be home when the street lights came on. I get that our grandparents were raised more strict than our parents where anyone, including teachers could spank them. Our parents were raised children are meant to be seen not heard. We were raised strict with rules and the occasional whoopin. But it seems kids these days don’t have rules or any guidance. They seem to roam more freely than I ever had. I am sure there are many reasons for this, but I have come up with a few things for parents to implement with their children to keep them safe.

Know where your children are: Have your children tell or ask permission of where they are going to be and advise them to check in at a certain time via voice confirmation not text. Have a phone number for where they are going to be even though it seems all kids have a cell phone these days.

Get to know your children’s friends/parents: I feel it is absolutely necessary to know your kids friends and parents. As we all know some parents are engaged in their kids lives and others, well, aren’t. If you are not able to meet the parents, though I find that hard to believe in most cases, at least call and have a conversation with them. Get the feel that you can trust the kids and the parents. Ask your kids what they will be doing at their friends house and if they will be supervised. If your kids are minors, don’t allow them to be at a friends house with out parents home.

Have your kids memorize important numbers: In my opinion the most important numbers your kids should have memorized are the home phone number, if you have one, your work and cell phone numbers. In the event they lose their cell phone and need to use a land line, they know what numbers to dial in case of an emergency.

Set limits on where your children can go within your neighborhood: This is knowing your neighborhood. Know if your children will need to cross a busy highway, or if they are going to be around abandoned buildings or homes, or if there are just certain houses you get a bad vibe from that you don’t want your kids anywhere near.

Choose a safe house in your neighborhood: Choose a house in which you have a good relationship with your kids can go to in the event there is an emergency and they need help. Also note other locations your kids can go to for help such as: libraries, fire stations, certain stores and police stations.

Teach your kids to settle disputes with words, not fists: Role-play talking out problems, walking away from fist fights, and what to do when confronted with bullies. Remind them that taunting and teasing can hurt friends and make enemies.

Work together with your neighbors: Watch out for suspicious activity and unusual behavior in your neighborhood. Get to know your neighbors and their kids so you can work together to keep your neighborhood safe.

 

Feeling The Burn

There is nothing more frustrating than feeling burnt out. I have been doing the same thing for the past couple few years. I am at a point where going to work, sitting at a computer, doing my same mundane work is just not working for me anymore.

I like what I do but I no longer love it. I try to come to work and get stuff done but every time I turn around there is always an issue here or an issue there and people come to me to trouble shoot the issues. I try and put my head phones on and get on a roll with what I am doing but then BOOM! there is someone trying to talk to me about something. It gets SUPER annoying. I find my self multitasking multiple projects and/or issues and I can not just concentrate on just one thing.

I might just need to take some vacation time and stay out of the office for a bit. I should not feel bad about that but in all reality I need to do what is best for me.

GNF

 

Career Of A Lifetime…

Over the past couple of years I have been pursuing a career in law enforcement. I have had my eye on one particular agency because it allows the flexibility to live all over the state where I have the opportunity to grow and do many other jobs within this agency. I wouldn’t be restricted to just one city or county.

With anything that I do, I research the heck out of it. I speak to those in the field and get their take on the job. I do my best to always be open minded with every question I ask without any assumptions. I finally applied for the position of cadet in 2014.

It took me three times to finally pass the physical requirements to move on to the written examination. I was not in the best of shape needed to work really hard on my running. I needed to lose weight. In all reality, this first physical test was just to see where I was at, who I was up against, and what to expect for the next one.

I then applied right away for the next physical and really stepped up my work outs to ensure that I was ready. Two days before the work out I went through the entire work out to ensure I was ready. I then took the day before the physical off from working out to allow rest. Then I failed. I was completely beside my self. I feel like I psyched my self out and tried too hard while I was there. I quickly learned that lesson.

So, I applied for the 3rd time and passed with flying colors. The next day I went to the written examination and 30 days after that found out I passed. It was time for the real work.

To make a long story short. I am currently in my 15th month of the process of joining this agency. I successfully passed my background check where all my skeletons came out of the closet. I successfully passed my CVSA (lie detector exam), written psych eval and oral psych eval. Medical is where I am stuck.

I am in much better shape than I was when I began this process. However, there were a few things the agency Doc wanted a second opinion. One was my hearing. I have lost some hearing when I was in high school for unknown reasons in my left ear. I recall as a child I got many ear infections but all I was given were pills

It has been determined that I have Otosclerosis, which means the little bones in the middle of the ear sound bounces off of and sends to your inner ear for the sound are glued together. There is a surgery for this and I am optimistic about it.

Another issue was a positive skin PPD test regarding TB. It has been determined that I have Latent TB. This means that I have the antibody in my system however it is not active and I am not contagious. I began a 9 month treatment for this and have received a letter from that doc advising that I am clear to continue. Chest x-rays are also negative.

Lastly, a stress test. Because back in January my BMI was over 30 it is required a stress test be performed to clear me as a precaution to ensure my heart is healthy enough for the intense work outs the academy requires. This will take place on Monday morning.

The next academy in in August and I am optimistic that I can make it pending the ear surgery. This has been such a long process and I am more than ready to get my career started. The most recent academy class began May 9th. The first week is strictly an orientation week. Pick up day and the real work began this last Monday and 4 people have already resigned their positions. This class is now sitting at 146 cadets. To think that out of that 146 the statistics say that only about 90 will graduate. I have a few friends in this class. I wish so bad I was there with them, but I am just that much more motivated to ensure I am ready for day 1.

GNF

My First Blog Post 3rd Attempt

I had to make a difficult decision to delete my 2nd blog. It just wasn’t going anywhere and became irrelevant after a short period of time. I was not able to figure out how to make it work. I decided to delete it and start all over from the beginning.

It was tough. This blog is going to be relevant all the time.

Sometimes, starting fresh means a fresh start.

SK