The 14th Police District wants to hear from those who live in Germantown, Mount Airy, Chestnut Hill and West Oak Lane.
District Captain Joel Dales hosts the Captain’s town hall meeting, which is scheduled to be held at the Chestnut Hill branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 8711 Germantown Ave. on Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“We need your help in giving us information,” he said.
Most of the Captain’s meetings run for more than two hours; block captains, committee persons, homeowners and other representatives from the Northwest Community Coalition for Youth asked questions.
Besides Dales, Lt. Anthony Buchanico, community relations Officer Calvin Johns and victim assistance Officer Sabra Johnson are usually on hand.
“Please call me with your concerns because I am here to address them,” Buchanico said.
Johnson, who handles victim services for the 14th Police District, added sometimes neighbors are apprehensive about reporting nuisance or more serious crimes because they fear retribution from the perpetrators.
Johnson said the local police department has resources for victim assistance. She can help Northwest Philadelphia citizens fill out the paperwork.
Dales and Buchanico also said the nuisance task force is back. This entity that once was a mainstay in some parts of Northwest Philadelphia has been resurrected.
The police personnel said they are now on the job of deterring crime, including nuisances such as loitering, noise and street gambling.
“We have met with the district attorney, state Rep. Dwight Evans and others who are supportive of having the nuisance task force in the area,” Dales said. “It played a role in cleaning up some parts of Mount Airy, East and West Oak Lane, the lower part of Germantown and other areas. So, we are going to deal with abandoned properties and anything else that is a nuisance. We do need your cooperation.”