Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Police Department Launches ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’

New program focuses on drug, gang activity

The Salt Lake City Police Department today launched “Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” a program that provides residents with tools to combat drugs and gangs in city neighborhoods.

“Law enforcement works best as a partnership with the community we serve. Our new ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ program will create a simple way for residents to report drug and gang activity, information that officers can then use to address criminal problems in our neighborhoods,” said Chris Burbank, Chief of Police.

Burbank introduced the program during a Night Out Against Crime Event hosted by the Federal Heights Neighborhood Association, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the Greater Avenues Community Council. Officers distributed lawn signs for residents to indicate that their household is free of drugs or gang members, as well as handed out drug and gang diaries for the tracking of drug and gang activity.

Residents may also download the diaries from the Police Department’s website, www.slcpd.com/neighbors. All completed diaries submitted to the department will remain confidential.

To obtain a lawn sign, please contact a Community Officer. Assigned by City Council District, a complete list is posted online at www.slcpd.com/getinvolved/community-officers.