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Operation Safe Neighborhood: Tallahassee community policing initiative

Posted at 5:00 AM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-21 06:22:24-04

TALLAHASEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Doris Storng says her father was murdered on the southside of town and when she heard about Operation Safe Neighborhood she was willing to get involved in any of the neighborhoods.

Walking to make neighborhoods she doesn't even live in safer in memory of her father.

"Instead of just sitting around worrying about what has happened, you take that and put it into action," said Storng.

That's why Storng joins in on this annual community policing event to hand out safety information and encourage others to speak up with they see something off.

Storng participates in every operation safe neighborhood in honor of her father she says these crime walks help her put healing into action.

And for some volunteers, like Jacqueline Perkins, it's about making her streets safer.

"We had issues with drugs, prostitution, but we've cleaned up the area. We're making sure people know we're not going to tolerate that. We want our kids to be able to walk to the store, walk to school," said Perkins.

Perkins is one of dozens who made stops around the Bond Community with Tallahassee police Thursday night.

Even the soon to be interim police chief walked the streets to encourage transparency with law enforcement.

"We still have a couple high concentrated crime areas and we're working very closely with the residents of the Bond community to address those areas," said Major Steve Outlaw with Tallahassee Police Department.

And with Thursday's shooting happening blocks from here, Tallahassee Police say the need for peace is greater than ever.

"Again, another senseless shooting. We just need everyone to put the guns down and stop. If you see anything or know about any other shootings or any other crimes, please give us a call," said Damon Miller, Tallahassee Police Department PIO.

You can help police by calling (850) 891-4200, if you have any information.

You can also get involved with the next operation safe neighborhood on June 25 in the Griffin Heights neighborhood.