Leadership Minutes – 11/19/13
- Sandy Hunt, Nancy Bliel, Jennifer Moyer, Sheila Hood, Romona Roberts, Vivian Schooler, Rhonda Mercs, Sharon Becker, John Smith, Joyce Gerren, Jim Bolden, Sean Walton, Linda Parrish, Sherriff Larry Lane, Mary Tyler, Ryan Taylor, Sandra Speed, Andrea Roldan, Chief Biehl, Sue McGatha, Joe Spitler, Carla Clasen, Captain Porter, Becky Gaytko.
- Laura Roesch, Bonnie Parish, Cheryl Oliver, Chief Pope, Chris Pawleski, Cordell Williams, Donerik Black, Captain Wilson, Harris Tay, Libby Nicholson, Michelle Zaremba, Nan Whaley, Patti Schwarztrauber, Rob Streck, Roy Hollis, Sheriff Plummer, Tim Beasley, Toni Perry-Gillespie, Karen Via, Andrea Hoff, Michelle Dilts-Gibson, Terra Williams, Rob Streck, Randi Wallace
- Sandy Hunt welcomed the membership and introductions were made around the table.
- Vivian Schooler talked about ensuring that UAV is included in the strategic plan in some form of the companies we represent. It can be violence prevention, conflict resolution, behavior changes, etc. She reminded each person that our primary focus is prevention and that we are here not as volunteers, but as representatives of each of our respective companies with specific assignments to carry out. She also asked that we look at adding persons to the Council by asking those we know who can share our mission to join us and help with carrying out the goals.
- Chief Biehl gave his report on the crime stats in Dayton, containing some of the following information: gun violence is concentrated in west Dayton and this area is disproportionally affected by violent crime. In 2011, West Dayton had the largest decline in violent crimes in the city-20% reduction in violent crimes at that time. This year, violent crimes are down 11% city wide and serious property crime down 10%. The decline is not universal. Felonious assaults for the old 5th district are 43% higher than last year which has offset the overall decline. In the last 16 months, there have been 169 incidents of shooting from vehicles. This is not a city issue, but a regional issue. Dayton Police Department will continue to look at more place based strategies. Chief opened the meeting for conversation.
- Capt. Porter gave his report on Trotwood crime stats and the way crime is trending in the city-county area. There is no way to focus on specific groups that are creating the offenses. The violence is far reaching (Kettering, Dayton, Huber Heights, etc.) and spreads out to everywhere because the groups can be very transient. Crime is transient based on opportunities, but there are some significant reductions. Trotwood started the after school feeding program in conjunction with the city, Trotwood Police Department, YMCA, and Trotwood Schools where students are fed four days a week. There appears to be some significant crime reduction in the feeding areas.
Discussion and suggestions followed:
- It is time to bring the youth component into CIRGV. Encourage neighborhoods to begin to take back their own neighborhood, calling people out and calling the police. John suggested the use of Second Step type programs in all grades to help schools deal with some of their problems. A suggestion was made to offer Second Step in the after school feeding program. Nancy will have Jennifer check with the Second Step providers during the meeting on December 6. She will take this to them, get some input from Rhonda, and bring results back. Ramona suggested that neighbors be given some training on what they could do in their neighborhood and how to handle some of the situations. Vivian suggested that the police need to have some way to let the neighborhood know that they got the call because people get discouraged when they do not see any action, although there is usually a specific reason for lack of response. Sue suggested that we continue to have Councils look at the areas they are already working on, if they fall in some of these suggested areas, make it fit what is needed rather than reinventing the wheel. She indicated that Neighborhoods Council is working on asset mapping and available after school programming. They could meet with the persons involved to see what could be provided and then determine how to go about getting that done. Sue also suggested the possibility of putting together a neighborhood tool kit to empower neighbors and teach them how to not put themselves in danger. A hand held device using a video could be used to help educate people by going door to door. Larry indicated that children need to be taught empathy and kindness. Nancy indicated that Sheila is currently working on funding for Second Step which is an empathy based program. If the group knows of entities that are willing to help with funding, please let Sheila know and we could then look at getting Second Step in more schools. Sue also suggested the possibility that a portion of the faith based conference next year could be based on empathy, self based regulation, kindness, etc. Sean reminded the group that the Youth Empowerment Center offers some of the same services that we have discussed and we do not need to start again. This service is available in Trotwood as well as other areas. Discussion followed
- Neighborhoods Council-currently in contact with schools to find out what kind of programs they have for after school and what they could possibly use. The idea is to see if this group could enhance what is already in place. She is also going to go back to the council to see if they can integrate some of the ideas that have already been presented.
- Community Awareness Council-working on Speaker’s Bureau presentation, they want to have four presentations completed by June, 2014. They are also working on a potential collaboration for the All Faith Conference for the fall of next year which will be based on human trafficking. They will distribute the neighborhood tool kit to the churches once it is ready.
- Parent & Family Success-will work on putting neighborhood tool kit together which could be distributed door to door. They also distributed a book called Changing Course Preventing Gang Membership. The Sherriff’s office has identified 82 gangs operating in Montgomery County.
- Youth Prevention & Intervention-no report, no meeting this month.
- Funding-seeking funding for those councils that have expressed a needed for funding.
- Young Adult Council- members of the group reviewed the program sponsored by the Youth last night. It was an awesome and enlightening experience with students demonstrating insight and maturity, being very frank in their conversations. A suggestion was made for the Young Adult Council to move out to mentor other students (they are currently working on this). They also took pictures and will make them available for review once everything has been organized. The group will be taking this presentation to the four neighborhoods to meet with some other “seasoned adults”.
- Leadership Council-There will be no meeting in December. The website is up to date; please send Jenny any calendar items. December 9 at 6:30 PM is the homicide victim’s memorial service at Westminster Presbyterian Church-50 victims.
- Bring the youth component into CIRGV.
- Encourage neighborhoods to begin to take back their own neighborhood, calling people out and calling the police.
- Use Second Step type programs in all grades to help schools deal with some of their problems.
- Use the second step program in the after school feeding program. Nancy will have Jennifer check with the second step providers during the meeting on December 6 and report back.
- Provide training to neighbors on what they could do in their neighborhood and how to handle some of the situations.
- Continue to have Councils look at the areas they are already working on. If their areas fall in some of these suggested areas, make it fit what is needed rather than reinventing the wheel.
- Put together a neighborhood tool kit to empower neighbors. A hand held device could have a video which could be used to help educate people by going door to door.
- Possibly use a portion of the faith based conference next year could be based on empathy, self based regulation, kindness, etc.
- Police need to ensure that people who call get some type of communication so they know that the call was received (drug hot line, etc.).
- The next meeting will be the All Council meeting January 21, 2014 at United Theological Seminary at 8:30 AM for breakfast.