Smith Park Advisory Council Chicago; Smith Park Advisory Council president David Ramos was invited by the Mayor’s office along with many community leaders and stake holders to take part in a discussion with Deputy Mayor Ms. Andrea Zopp to strategize and feedback to share for Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s upcoming speech on Community Investments and Public Safety.
Ramos a 23 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department and former director of the Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management for Cook County provided some feedback to the Ms. Zopp on ways to improve Community Policing with citizens and the police. Community residents should continue to form block clubs and get to know their neighbors, said Ramos. Police officers are doing a great job getting to know their residents on the beat when they attend the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, (CAPS) meetings. Communities who form Block Clubs and form a phone tree the with other neighbors can assist the officer’s on the beat with information or suspicious activities. Many times people are afraid to contact 9-1-1, having your beat officers contact information can help reduce fear of calling the police.
Other stake holders stated there needs to be more jobs available for people between the age 18-35 years old. Youngsters don’t have a place to go and learn a trade, and apply those skills to work to stay out of trouble. As funding is scare across the state, the Boy’s and Girl’s clubs are closing its doors or merging with other non for profit organizations. The Chicago Park District is the last place for our youth to grow and develop their social skills, said one Community Leader.
Ramos stated he was honored to be invited and network with other members of the Chicago Park District Advisory Council presidents, Community Leaders and Clergy.