NEWS of the Day - January 21, 2013
on some LACP issues of interest

NEWS of the Day - January 21, 2013
on some issues of interest to the community policing and neighborhood activist across the country

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following group of articles from local newspapers and other sources constitutes but a small percentage of the information available to the community policing and neighborhood activist public. It is by no means meant to cover every possible issue of interest, nor is it meant to convey any particular point of view ...

We present this simply as a convenience to our readership ...



Safe streets pledge part of community policing in Southfield

SOUTHFIELD - The City of Southfield Police and Fire Departments have launched the Southfield Safe Streets Pledge, a new, proactive approach to public safety designed to improve upon the traditional concept of responding to 911 calls. The Southfield Safe Streets Pledge will redistribute public safety resources and collaborate with the community to:

Focus on locations with higher numbers of traffic accidents;

Focus on distracted drivers;

Focus on people that are texting while driving;

Focus on drivers that disobey stop signs and traffic signals; and

Focus on speeders in residential neighborhoods and near schools.

The Southfield Safe Streets Pledge is a part of the department's overall community policing efforts which includes:

Operation GOT M - This program encourages residents to contact the police department with complaints relating to three specific issues: traffic, loud music and littering. If any of these three violations are observed, residents may call a non-emergency line at (248) 796-GOTM (4686) and leave a voicemail message with any information they can provide.

Crime Prevention Bureau - The primary goal of the crime prevention bureau is to educate the community about security awareness.

Citizen Information Network - An information sharing messaging system that citizens can sign up for at www.citizenobserver.com to receive e-mail messages regarding crime alerts and crime reports.

School Liaison Officer Program - The liaison officer interacts on a daily basis with faculty, staff and students in a casual, non-threatening school environment. School liaison officers not only enforce laws, but also become counselors, confidants and friends of students.

Chaplain Program - The police chaplains represent the city of Southfield at many ceremonies and help citizens during times of need and distress.

Citizen and Youth Police Academies - The police department provides information and demonstrations on crime scene processing, patrol operations, crime prevention and other topics to educate residents and students who then become active participants with the department to keep Southfield safe.

Numerous national studies have shown that distracted drivers are a leading cause of accidents and other problems on the road, and the city of Southfield takes a zero-tolerance policy towards such violations, according to a press release. To that end, the city of Southfield has launched the Southfield Safe Streets Pledge to crack down on distracted and reckless drivers in an ongoing effort to keep Southfield streets safe and secure for everyone.

Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to take the Southfield Safe Streets Pledge and commit to do their part to keep our streets and community safe. Log on to www.cityofsouthfield.com and follow the links to take the pledge today and to learn more about safe driving techniques, laws and statistics related to distracted driving, vehicular accidents and other important traffic and personal safety information.



A Million Moms Against Gun Violence

by Shannon Watts -- Founder, One Million Moms for Gun Control

An internal alarm has sounded in mothers across the nation. This bell can't be silenced. We were awoken on Dec. 14 by the nightmare images of 6- and 7-year-olds crying and clinging to teachers as they were led from Sandy Hook Elementary School. It was the unthinkable unfolding before our eyes. These were children just like our own: innocent, filled with optimism and brightness, sent off each day to schools like Sandy Hook Elementary.

I, like many American mothers, looked on for decades as gun violence increased and gun laws loosened. I hoped I could make a difference by raising compassionate children. I hoped that the President, our Congress, and our state and local legislators would act to protect us.

But no more. No more dependence on the actions of others; it is our time as mothers to rise up as a collective force and demand action on gun control.

The morning after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I founded One Million Moms for Gun Control. In just over a month, we have signed up tens of thousands of members and created nearly 75 chapters in cities across our nation. Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was started to address the deadly dangers of driving while intoxicated through public education programs and lobbying for stricter state and federal regulations, One Million Moms for Gun Control was born to fight for common sense gun control regulations.

Let me be clear: we do not stand for a ban on guns. We stand for our right to protect our children. Our middle-ground solutions to the escalating problem of gun violence in the United States are straightforward:

Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines of more than 10 rounds.

Require background checks for all gun purchasers.

Report the sale of large quantities of ammunition to the ATF.

Limit the scope of concealed weapons laws at the state level.

The Second Amendment does not make this an "either/or" conversation: Americans can own guns and be responsible; our children can go to school and feel safe; and we can enact gun control laws and honor our forefathers.

The shooting in Newtown wasn't the only mass shooting in America in 2012 -- it was the 16th. Since Columbine in 1999, there have been 31 school shootings in the United States. We have reached a tipping point -- we must admit that gun violence isn't a series of one-off tragedies, but an epidemic caused by unregulated access to guns and ammunition in an already violent culture. Not a single gun law was created or strengthened after Norcross, Oikos University, Seattle, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Tucson ... sadly, too many to name.

But this time will be different, this time mothers are demanding action. On Monday, Jan. 21, One Million Moms for Gun Control will rally at the steps of City Hall. The goal of the rally, which will take place on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, is to reinforce a message of nonviolence and a safer world for our children. Attendees will meet at 9:15 a.m. in Cadman Plaza Park in Brooklyn (corner of Middagh and Cadman Plaza West), and the event will be followed by a rally at City Hall at 10:30 a.m.

And on Saturday, Jan. 26, One Million Moms for Gun Control will co-sponsor the March on Washington for Gun Control in Washington, D.C., to demand immediate action on common-sense gun legislation. More information on march logistics is available from the March on Washington for Gun Control. For moms who are unable to attend the events in New York City and the Beltway, One Million Moms for Gun Control chapters are planning local rallies and marches across the country on Sat., Jan. 26, including Boston, Chicago, Denver, Indianapolis, New Jersey, and more.

Mothers will not rest until there is change. The alarm has sounded, and we are going to deliver the National Rifle Association and intractable legislators a wake-up call. There are 4 million current members of the NRA, but there are more than 80 million moms in America. The rapid growth of social media, the organizing power of the Internet, and our fierce, boundless love for our children will ensure our success.

To protect the lives of my own five children, I am obligated to create the safest future for them and for the grandchildren I hope to have. It is said that a mother's love for her child is unstoppable. Be sure that One Million Moms for Gun Control is as well.