Duluth Police Dept. turns to Lincoln park community to watch for crime

By KBJR News 1

September 11, 2013 Updated Sep 12, 2013 at 9:06 AM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --Duluth Police are calling on people who live in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood to help them track crime.

The Lincoln Park Community Safety Initiative hopes to open communication between the police Department and the people who live in the neighborhood.

Lt. Leigh Wright supervises the western part of the city and has spearheaded the program after studying problem areas in Lincoln Park.

One of those areas is the Sea Way hotel.
According to her COMPSTAT, or the program she uses to track crime in neighborhoods. An estimated $25,000 in police resources is going to the Sea Way Hotel.

It is also estimated that the Duluth Police Department will respond to about 318 calls to the hotel this year.

The Sea Way is not the only blighted property in the neighborhood that attracts police calls.

Lt. Wright hopes that through this program, she can get community feedback on where police resources are needed.

"If somebody here, a community person says 'I don't see police officers over here, and I have this issue then I can re–deploy my staff at the police department and send them over there and count how many officers and resources we sent and report back to the community here at this meeting next month," said Lt. Wright.

Other organizations that are involved in this initiative include One Roof Community Housing, Local Initiatives Support Corporation and citizens of Lincoln Park.

Community members are encouraged to let the police department know of any areas where their resources may be better served.

Lt. Wright wants to have another meeting with the community next month to see if this new initiative is having a positive impact.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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