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Resident concerned about crimes in city
Jannie Everette, a city resident, wants to see something done about rising crime in Brunswick.

She thinks police officers could have a better relationship with residents and feels greater resources need to be tapped to fight crime.

Everette plans to say that and more when she addresses the city commission during a work session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Old City Hall, 1229 Newcastle St. She will present her suggestions on how the city might improve public safety.

"There isn't enough being done," Everette said. "If someone gets angry instead of them going to the police, they pick up a gun. They shoot people and it's like there's no consequences."

Everette appreciates recent police initiatives, such as creating a violent crimes task force that involves all local law enforcement agencies, but she says there's more work to be done.

"The community has to be in the conversation," she said.

She said some residents believe police officers don't act in their best interest and opt not to contact police with concerns because of distrust.

That relationship needs to improve.

"Get out of the car and address the public," she urges police, adding "people think (police) are afraid of the thugs on the streets."

She would like to see the city hold town hall meetings to discuss rising crime and for community leaders to form a coalition.

She also thinks police should use electronic billboards and emergency call systems to notify residents of crimes or suspects on the loose.

City officials could also reach out to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center for any available resources, Everette said.

"I would prefer to live in a community where if people have a problem with each other, they call the police and they believe that something will be done," Everette said.

Brunswick Police Chief Tobe Green said he has not personally spoken with Everette but is interested to hear her suggestions.

"I always invite people in if they have a problem within their community to come see me or any one of my staff members," Green said. "There's always room to improve."

The work session will be followed by the commission's regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m.

* Reporter Nikki Wiley writes about government, business and other local topics. Contact her at nwiley@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 321.



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