Hoping to connect with neighborhoods and increase participation, MPD is hosting its first community forum

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – The Memphis Police Department on Saturday held its first “Colonels Corner” community forum at Airways Station, which focuses on promoting neighborhoods through civic engagement.

During the event, participants from the neighborhoods covered by the Airways station, what many call a “catch and release” system, is happening in Memphis.

April Colbert, public relations officer for MPD, says the answer is to “be informed.”

Colbert also says neighborhoods should re-engage neighborhood watch groups.

“It’s not about ambition. It’s about making sure your elderly neighbors know it’s okay to sit on the porch and enjoy the sun.” »

Like many things, neighborhood watch groups have seen a decline during the COVID-19 pandemic, Colbert said.

At the same time, Colbert said the neighborhoods his precinct serves have seen a sharp increase in crime.

While he can’t prove the two are directly related, he said neighborhood watch groups are the best way to try and address the problem in Memphis.

“It’s just being a good neighbor and people taking care of each other,” Colbert said.

If you are interested in starting a group in your neighborhood, visit a Memphis Police Department precinct for more information.

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