March 25, 2010
From: Jean C. Jacobs
Good Evening: Mr. President, Community Leaders, Members of the Common Council and Community members in attendance this evening:
I stand here before you this evening first and foremost to thank Alderman Thomas Hoffay for creating this public safety forum so we as a community can better identify the safety concerns and arrive at solutions together.
As a life long resident born and raised here and my children I take great pride in my public servant participation and speaking before you this evening:
“Collaboration is Key”
Tonight we are here to gain the views and potential solutions and to strengthen relationships to ensure a productive approach to Safety in our Community.
This evening will provide an opportunity to develop and share understanding of the issues surrounding City safety with a clear exchange of views in providing an Action Plan for the future.
Some considerations include the fact that the cycle of violence affects us all and that cycle is one that needs to be confronted with change and positivity. We must seek to provide every individual the optimal experience free from violence inflicted upon them.
I am stressing the need for law enforcement officials, city officials, community groups and organizations, school officials and parents to work and partner with children and youth in our community to exchange ideas and how to best prevent violence, and improve safety within our community. By sharing this information here this evening we can SAVE LIVES.
The time for being upset is behind us and it's best to go forward together. Community Involvement is central to the prevention, intervention and suppression programs that our city employs. Tonight is a unique opportunity for residents to think broadly about strategies for addressing some of the most serious issues that face our neighborhoods. If you want to keep your neighborhoods safe, take this advice and never ever give up. Crime will never go away completely but we can intervene, we can prevent it, and we can reduce it.
In closing, I suggest as we move forward together, that in the future we break up in action groups designed to maximize partnerships to address public safety concerns.
Thank you for your time.