Miner: I am Looking Forward to Seeing This in Action for Our Citizens
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Mayor Stephanie A. Miner today opened a new police storefront at the Southwest Community Center on South Avenue. The storefront was included in Mayor Miner’s 2015-16 budget proposals.
“This storefront is meant to serve as a resource to the people of Syracuse’s Southside community and I am looking forward to seeing it in action for our citizens,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “Storefronts do impressive work in developing relationships between members of the community and the police department. I could not be more proud of our track record of success in Eastwood and Hawley-Green and I look forward to results being felt right here at Southwest.”
“Putting police resources into our neighborhoods keeps our communities safe and helps develop important relationships between citizens and law enforcement,” said Chief of Police Frank L. Fowler. “I am pleased we are able to open this storefront at the Southwest Community Center today. This storefront will help the continuing mission of Southwest and have a meaningful impact on the community.”
The new police storefront will be staffed by Officer Nikki Hendrix from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. weekdays. Additionally, officers who regularly patrol this area will be given keys and access to the storefront. This allows officers who are in the area to visit, complete paperwork, or take meetings in an appropriate setting.
“Getting the police engaged in our community on a street level is important to fostering public safety and a sense of mutual respect between officers and citizens,” said Common Councilor Pamela J. Hunter, Chair of the Public Safety Committee. “I am excited that we are a storefront open in the Southwest Community Center—itself a key community resource to Southside neighbors. This new storefront will go a long way in ensuring we have a community-friendly presence in this neighborhood and I am pleased my colleagues on the Council and the Mayor’s administration made this a priority.”
“Having a police storefront at the Southwest Community Center will be a strong neighborhood resource, providing a place where residents can go for help and building upon the relationship between our community and the police department,” said Sharon F. Owens, the Executive Director of the Southwest Community Center.
Mayor Miner has made community policing a major priority of her administration. Since taking office, she has opened two other police storefronts, one on James Street in Eastwood and another in the Hawley-Green neighborhood. These facilities serve to foster relationships between the police and community members, with officers often being on call regularly to respond to incidents or by just being in place for constituents to visit and express concerns. Officers staffing these centers regularly attend community meetings, such as TNT and Neighborhood Watch, to become an increased presence in their neighborhoods.
Located at 401 South Avenue in the city of Syracuse, Southwest Community Center (SWCC) is a multi-faceted 26,000+ square foot facility, existing as a focal point for community-based activities, initiatives and resident mobilization efforts. Operating Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the center provides programming for all age groups that include health services, youth development, and community services.
The SouthWest Community Center new Police Storefront is the third Location opened during the Miner Administration.