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Metro Detroit police department uses 'Cop on the Block' to help community

Posted at 11:49 AM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 11:49:21-04

Community engagement has been a big push with police departments across the country.

In Allen Park, the police department decided to hold town hall meetings but didn't get the turn out that they hoped for.

Instead of residents coming to them, they're going to the residents with their Cop on the Block events.

Detective Jim Thorburn said, "We figure, if we come to you it's very hard for you to say no."

Detective Thorburn is hoping two Cop on the Block events held Wednesday evening will give residents a chance to get to know Allen Park police.

"You can raise any concerns or any compliments, we will take those too."

They plan on blocking off Hanover Avenue between Fox and Roger avenues.

And then they will head to Ruth Avenue - blocking it off between Moore and Maylawn.

"Anybody in the area can attend. We are not checking ID's at the door. If you are two streets over come on over. It doesn't matter. You don't have to live on this block."

Residents will be asked to join the officers to discuss issues and get to know each other.

Neighbors Cheri Stinson said, "Kids are back to school now. There's homework and after school activities, sports, so it's nice to have them come to us so all we have to do is step out and join them."

Anita Ciecko planned to raise her concerns.

"Ask those questions tonight," she said. "Actually, how I should handle when I do see strangers in the area that are lurking and just sitting in front of my house or one of my neighbors' houses."

Police hope neighbors will take this opportunity to get to know each other.

"Most neighborhood disputes, not all but most, can be solved if you actually talk to people," the detective said. "The big goal will be everybody will be looking out for each other."

Because Allen Park police teamed up with Best Buy to give residents discounts on security cameras for the Extra Eyes program, store officials were there to answer questions about that.