On Thursday, December 12, District 2 held it’s annual Block Watch Appreciation Dinner at the Kosciuszko Park Community Center. Nearly 200 people gathered and brought something to share for the potluck dinner, where Block Watch Captains were recognized with an individual certificate of appreciation and thanked by Police Chief Edward Flynn and District 2 Captain Alfonso Morales for their work keeping neighborhoods safe the past year.
District 2 has more than 350 block watch captains, and has been a leader in organizing block watches. Community policing and an emphasis on citizen involvement was started under Chief Flynn. The mission of the Milwaukee Police Department, adopted by Chief Flynn reads in part: “in partnership with the community, we will create and maintain neighborhoods capable of sustaining civic life.”
“Residents make the difference when it comes to fighting crime,” Chief Flynn said. “The hundreds of people here tonight, with our support, are taking care of their neighborhoods, block by block.”
“It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a village to keep that child safe,” Captain Morales said during his remarks. “It was the neighbors who recognized suspicious behavior at what turned out to be a drug house just a few blocks from here. They called the police and we shut it down. It is that partnership that helps us help you keep your neighborhood safe.”
Also in attendance were south side Aldermen Jose Perez and Tony Zielinski, and County Supervisor Peggy Romo West. Alderman Bob Donovan was unable to attend. We would also like to recognize Jason Willkomm, local distributor of Little Debbie, for donating dozens of boxes of snack cakes in appreciation.
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