We must be viewed as a community where everyone can live, work and play knowing they are and will be safe. I believe Cedar Rapids is such a place.
Our police department, led by Chief Wayne Jerman, has developed community policing programs like PCAT (Police Community Action Team) to build strong relationships in our neighborhoods that enlist neighbors’ help and cooperation in preventing crimes.
The soon-to-be-released report from the SET Task Force (Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities) will, hopefully, provide some ideas and guidance on effective ways for us to address gun violence and poverty in our community, too. I look forward to that report and will plan to help take the steps identified to effectively address these important issues.
A small thing we can all do right now is to discourage crime. Many of us grew up in small town Iowa where we didn’t lock doors and left valuables in plain sight. We can all help prevent some of the small crimes, often spur-of-the-moment bad decisions by young people, by simply locking the house, garage and car doors, and keeping valuables out of sight to reduce temptations that can have a lifetime impact.