Beaumont neighborhoods partner with police to fight crime
BEAUMONT - By Megan Dillard - Law enforcement experts will tell you crime knows no limits. Criminals can strike anyone. Old or young, rich or poor, black or white. Tonight KFDM visited two neighborhood association meetings. Each group has one thing in common. Law enforcement officers say burglaries in Southeast Texas are on the rise. That's just one trend Beaumont police officers talked about in tonight's two meetings. Both meeting were in Beaumont. One predominantly African American; the other predominantly white. Both groups of people are united in the effort to fight crime. Laughter and chatter, a prayer and the pledge. Two groups of people meeting in different parts of Beaumont. The same agenda item. Beaumont Police Officer Joe Ornelas spoke with people about crime in their neighborhoods. "You get to see the people close up and they get to talk to you. They get to see me as a person, and then they see the uniform. They actually share with me what their concerns are." The Brickyard Neighborhood Association meets every other month at St. Luke's Baptist Church on Campbell. "We have these as informational meetings to keep people informed and work with the city officials." About a dozen people listened to the report and voiced concerns about their neighborhood. The area includes Brickyard Road and Concord. Across the city at Forest Park United Methodist Church on Major Drive, the members of the Amelia Neighborhood Association also listened to Officer Ornelas. Their neighborhood includes Amelia Elementary School and surrounding streets. That's where Annie Glenney lives. The mom plays outside with her daughter every day. She's glad to know police partner with people in the city. "The police can only do so much and it really helps when people watch each other's back and keep an eye on what's going on in the area because we know best what's normal and what's not." A working relationship between people who live in these neighborhoods and the police that protect them. The joint goal to fight crime in all parts of Beaumont. "They're an important asset that we have out here. They're the eyes and ears that we can use. When they call us they have a concern so we need to respond." Many areas in southeast Texas have association meetings like the ones we went to tonight. For more information call your neighborhood association or reach out to the Beaumont Police Department at (409) 832-1234.Beaumont neighborhoods partner with police to fight crime
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