Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Downtown Patrol Division Quarterly Meeting

The Downtown Patrol Division Quarter Meeting is Thursday, March 19, 6:30pm at the Willie Hinton Resource Center located at 3805 W. 12th Street. This meeting is for Districts 40, 41, 42, 43, 50, 51, 52, 53, and 54. Or in general, those that reside west of University Avenue and north of Roosevelt Road.

The purpose and objective of Patrol Division Quarterly Neighborhood meetings: 
Provide a forum for concerned Citizens to hear crime statistics and crime trends in their respective patrol division areas; Discussion on progress of arrests and investigations; To share success stories, accomplishments and to commend officers for outstanding performance; And, an opportunity for Citizens to express concerns.

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Dwight Davis

Message from the Mayor

This is the first in a series of bi-weekly updates from the Mayor addressing various topics of interest to the citizens of Little Rock.

Message from the Mayor

Crime Rates See Big Drop  Good News To Report

The numbers are in for 2008 and Little Rock has experienced a substantial decrease in both violent crimesand property crimes.

Compared to the previous year, the overall violent crime rate was down 21.19% and the property crime rate was down 6.97% from the previous year.

Of particular note, within these statistics, homicides were down 29.63%, robberies were down 20.02%, aggravated assaults were down 23.83%, burglaries were down 9% and thefts were down 6.25%.

The Little Rock Police Department should be commended for their efforts in this regard. It is evident that both Operation Quiet Nights (focusing on violent crimes) and Operation Phoenix (focusing on burglaries) are having a positive impact. Let’s hope these numbers continue to hold through the 2009 calendar year.

While this is very encouraging news, particularly since the Pulaski County Jail remains closed to non-violent offenders, as neighbors we must continue to look out for one another. We must remain vigilant in calling the police about suspicious activities occurring in our neighborhoods. Please don’t hesitate to call 911 if you are witnessing suspicious activity.

On a related note, I often receive emails offering comments and suggestions on ways our Police Department should regularly patrol the various neighborhoods in our city.

LRPD adheres to a philosophy of random patrols for its patrol units, with the officers circulating throughout their district in order to cover all the territory. Intentionally, this circulation does not follow a consistent pattern; therefore offenders cannot predict when an officer will be in a particular area.

While this is an effective means of patrol, one of the consequences is that citizens cannot predict when they will see the officer assigned to the neighborhood, giving the illusion at times, that no officer is patrolling the area. This is not the case.

Also, when our Crime Analysis Section detects a “hot spot” area, Chief Stuart Thomas responds in a variety of ways. These strategies include assigning additional cars to patrol the area, pulling in officers and detectives to work overtime on auto break-ins and burglaries, staking out suspects’ residences and monitoring bait cars. Bicycle officers may also be deployed depending on the particular facts of the situation.

The recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has $3.25 billion available for Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) and other criminal justice assistance grants. The City will be applying for additional funding and I will be happy to keep you updated on our efforts to get even more police officerson our streets.

Jail Funding 
On a positive note, the Pulaski County Quorum Court recently appropriated approximately $1.2 million for an additional 100 beds at the County jail. This will increase the bed capacity to 980. Also, with the passage of Act 209 of this session of the General Assembly, a total of $20 for each fine can now be assessed in the courts of Pulaski County for jail funding. This should raise enough money for an additional 75-80 beds before the end of the year. Sheriff Doc Holladay is immediately hiring and training jailers for this ramp up. Also, by the end of the year, Pulaski County will have another million dollars freed up with the pay off of an outstanding bond issue. The hope is that this additional money can then be made available for the jail to bring it back up to its current capacity of 1130 beds.

Finally, State Representative Allen Kerr has filed a bill HB1590 in the state legislature to increase the amount of funding the state provides to county jails from $28 per day per prisoner to $40. Since the county holds an average of 150 state prisoners daily, the increased revenue generated by this bill would greatly benefit the funding of the Pulaski County Jail. Please call your state representatives and state senators and ask them to vote for this important bill.

I hope this update has been informative and helpful. Please continue to let me know your thoughts on important issues facing our city. Also, I would like to ask you to forward this email to the people in your address book who may also want to know this information. They may sign up to receive future Messages from the Mayor by following the link below. If you wish to have your address deleted from future emails please follow the link below and click the “unsubscribe” button.

Thank you so much. 
Sincerely, 
Mark Stodola 
Mayor



Saturday, March 14, 2009

Real Deal in the Rock

Teams Confirmed

The first list of confirmed teams participating in the 2009 Alltel Real Deal in the Rock was released on Monday, November 3rd. The list is loaded top to bottom with twenty-five of the top teams from across the nation, and the best team in Canada.

Fourteen different states and the District of Columbia are represented in the list. Teams will be coming from all corners of the U.S. The state of California boast three teams, Belmont Shore and California Supreme from Los Angeles, and Drew Gooden Soldiers from the Bay area.

The New York Panthers and New York Gauchos will bring their game down from the Big Apple, while two teams, Illinois Warriors and Mac Irvin's Illinois Fire, will represent the Windy City.

Two teams will be on display from the Sunshine State. Team Breakdown are from Miami and Amare Stoudemire's Team Stat are from the Tampa Bay area of Florida.

The state of Ohio is sending King James Shooting Stars from Cleveland and All Ohio Red from Columbus. And Jackson, Mississippi will have two entries in the tournament, MBA Hoops and Jackson Panthers.

DC Assault will represent our nation's capitol and the Dallas Mustangs will head east from the Lone Star State.

Grassroots Canada will cross the border to participate in Real Deal, while the Wisconsin Playgroud Warriors will make the trek dowm from Milwaukee.

Three teams from Hotlanta, the Atlanta CelticsHoop Planet, and Worldwide Renegades will make their way to the Rock. Spiece Indy Heat will come from the Hoosier State, while the Memphis Magic will cross the Mississippi River from Tennessee.

Team Philly will represent the City of Brotherly Love and Southeast Elite will bring the Sweet Home Alabama all the way from Huntsville. All of these teams will join the host team, the Arkansas Hawks, in Little Rock, to battle in the toughest field of any of the summer basketball tournaments.

More teams will be added in the coming weeks. Registration is filling up fast, so register your team now



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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Volunteer Rain Gauge Network

WANTED!

VOLUNTEERS OF ALL AGES

TO HELP SCIENTISTS STUDY STORMS

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) needs volunteers with the enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to learn more about how weather can affect and impact lives.

Across the nation, in 38 states, thousands of volunteers are currently contributing to the CoCoRaHS network. On April 1, 2009, the State of Arkansas will join other states in enhancing the rain gage network maintained by the National Weather Service and others.

The objective of CoCoRaHS is to have at least one rain gage for every 36 square miles in rural areas, with a higher density for urban areas. This means about 1,500 gages in Arkansas or 20 rain gages per county. For urban areas, the goal is 1 gage for every square mile.

For more information on CoCoRaHS, go to the website www.cocorahs.org or contact Michael J. Borengasser, CoCoRaHS Coordinator for Arkansas, at 501-682-3969 or michael.borengasser@arkansas.gov

Remember: April 1, 2009 is the kickoff for CoCoRaHS in Arkansas

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Plaground Work Day

We will begin installing the little kids playground equipment on April 4 at 9 a.m. This project will require volunteer labor,  so all are welcome.

Of it rains on the fourth, we will work on April 18.

The equipment was bought in part with a grant from the City of Little Rock.