By Patricia A. Tracey
City of Mesa
We LIVE UNITED by actively focusing City-wide departmental efforts with services provided by nonprofit and faith based organizations to reduce crime, eradicate blight and improve the quality of life for Mesa residents.
We recognized that traditional approaches to combat crime and blight were not creating sustainable improvements for our residents. Historically each City department would deal with their facet of a problem individually. The residents quality of life would improve but that improvement would not last. We decided that the City needed to break down traditional barriers and bring different departments together to collectively address problems in our neighborhoods. We imposed a zero tolerance policy in our neighborhood. Police and Code Compliance Officers were directed to issue citations for any criminal behavior.
At the same time, we began to form partnerships with nonprofit and faith based organizations. We reached out to residents to get their ideas of how their neighborhood could be improved. We began connecting the needs of the residents with the services provided by nonprofit and faith based organizations. In the last six months some of the projects our A.C.T.I.O.N. (All Coming Together In Our Neighborhoods) Team have gotten support for include a basketball demonstration event in the park, an all volunteer summer afterschool program, fufillment of a school's teachers' wish list, book donations, donations for the City-wide food drive, and a bi-monthly fresh produce drop off in the neighborhood. The A.C.T.I.O.N. Team is currently working to develop a mentorship program and a free recreation program for the neighborhood children.
We will continue to LIVE UNITED by challenging ourselves to reduce crime, eradicate blight and improve the quality of our residents lives.
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