Our Safety and Security team meeting was very productive this month and is submitting a motion to the board that will enhance our security contract and schedule to provide more resources during peak hours of activity using data analysis of statistics from the last 5 years. Our team will continue to analyze data and respond to real and personally expressed needs and concerns. People are the most important thing to our community and the numbers only reflect a measurable way to measure effectiveness of our resources.

Family Focus:Whether your family is big or small; people are the most precious and irreplaceable things in our community. We continue to see that domestic disturbances are the most frequent issues in our neighborhood that our officers respond to. Our daily lives are stressful and there are many conditions, stressors, and other factors that affect us all and our neighbors. It is very important that we recognize this as we all live in close proximity.

“The CDC data indicates that 36% of women and 29% of men living in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, and nearly half of all women and men have experienced psychological battering by an intimate partner in their lifetime (CDC, 2011).”

                             Trauma Violence Abuse. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2015 Jun 22. Published in final edited form as: Trauma Violence Abuse. 2015 Jan; 16(1): 16–47. Published online 2013 Dec 26.   doi: 10.1177/1524838013515758 PMCID: PMC4476540  NIHMSID: NIHMS694568 PMID: 24370630

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Studies have also shown that living in a neighborhood brings in a whole other dynamic of influencers that can have positive or negative affects on the family dynamics. We are lucky to have many resources in our neighborhood to help in these situations if the need arises. One of the best ways we can support someone in need is to connect with them socially in one of the many local organizations such as places of worship, recreations centers, local hospitals and senior organizations, and even our community events. Helping someone feel less isolated can give them a chance to reach out to a healthy person, couple, or group of people for assistance and reassurance. Here are some additional resources available to anyone in our community:

Harris County Protective Services:  https://hcps.harriscountytx.gov/

Texas Department of Family & Protective Services: https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Child_Protection/

Harris County Precinct 4 – Domestic Violence Unit: https://www.constablepct4.com/domestic-violence-unit.html

These are just a few resources that you can use to help your family or your neighbors. In most cases, the behavior that needs to be addressed will only get worse without professional help and intervention. If you fear for your life or the life of another, call 911 and tell the dispatch: I am afraid for my life or the life of someone, please send help now, and please contact me when it is resolved. In February there were 6 runaway minor reports and 6 domestic disturbance reports. This is not a significant number of events, but each event could have a significant impact on someone’s life.

As we continue to improve, please watch out for each other and our law enforcement officers. We live in a very safe community and our law enforcement officers and volunteers in the community are working hard to keep it that way.

Ryan Aduddell