Reaching Out to Lubbock Neighborhoods - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/11/02

Reaching Out to Lubbock Neighborhoods

With their large recreational vehicle, the Lubbock Police Department is stationing itself temporarily in the Slaton-Bean neighborhood. They want to know what is on the mind of citizens and how city departments can make Lubbock a safer and more peaceful place to live. And soon, the R.V. will be coming to a neighborhood near you.

Long time Slaton-Bean resident Larry Percin says his neighborhood has become a more peaceful place to live. But also says the work to keep it that way is far from being over.

"I think that crime, prostitution, drugs; all of that is prevalent in this area," said Larry Monday.

And it's concerns like Larry's, the Lubbock Police Department wants to hear. That is why the police department is temporarily setting up shop in the heart of the neighborhood. Police Chief Claude Jones says all city departments are getting involved.

"We'll have representatives to try and answer any problems they have and resolve issues," said Chief Jones during a news conference Monday.

For Larry, his biggest complaint is seeing more police in his neighborhood 24 hours a day.

"Well, the absence of police is one of our big issues. I was hoping to have some officers actually living in the neighborhood under a grant so the children could form relationships with them or vice versa," said Larry.

Chief Jones says anything that is bothering citizens about their neighborhood like potholes, vacant cars, neighbors, any complaint you have, they will try and fix it on the spot. But they can't do that if you don't come by. The R.V. will be stationed at Bean elementary until Thursday from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Bean Elementary is located at 3001 Avenue N.

No word yet which neighborhood they will be traveling to next.

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