Researching a suitable location for Central Division is ongoing. This will likely be accomplished through the master City plan of consolidating resources downtown into a new larger facility for all City departments.
The HOPE unit was created at the end of 2020. HOPE Stands for Homeless Outreach Programs and Enforcement. The unit consists of 4 officers, a corporal and a sergeant. The unit is jointly supervised by Lieutenant Ladd and Lieutenant Demore. HOPE was integral for a variety of responses this month, particularly as it related to expanded homeless resource delivery due to expanded shelters.
The Near East Neighborhood Association includes business workers from various groups in the Shelter District Area (Presbyterian Night Shelter, True Worth, Union Gospel Mission, Salvation Army, etc.) We also have two officers not subject to call to the Shelter area and they are to coordinate with Shelter District Security. We work with outreach groups who provide housing for homeless individuals. Downtown Fort Worth Inc. operates an Ambassador's Program downtown to provide assistance to citizens and to help point homeless individuals to the resources.
There has been no movement on this effort in light of budgetary restraints.
Downtown homeless population has increased markedly this particular month due to emergency sheltering at the Convention Center. Central Division NPOs and the Bike Unit conduct regular details and patrols downtown to address this unforeseeable and evolving issue. Enforcement of aggressive panhandling and other various quality of life issues have stepped up in the downtown environment and surrounding areas.
Central's leadership usually meet every Tuesday at 1:30pm, but this was obviously altered due to COVID. Meetings have been replaced with phone calls, emails, and social distancing conversations. Crime strategy has continued and planning has continued as well. Online tools and communication platforms have become more important now than ever and we have used those platforms. We are building upon our successes by now implementing experts into our variety of meetings and messaging so that we can have a more focused approach to helping the community.
NPOs patrol their areas and look for quality of life issue every week and report them to Code Compliance. In addition, beat officers can report information they observe for action as well. NPOs handle complaints from citizens and other sources and take the appropriate actiong based upon the specific problem.
Due to COVID our face to face meetings were replaced with regular conversations to discuss crime trends and how to best address them,. We have provided a CAP for the Shelter District area and the Downtown area. Information was shared electronically and crime trends were monitored as they developed in the division. Crime Analyst data was shared with NPOs, supervisors, SRT, and other operational units within Central Division.
HOPE Team provided a variety of services this period along the East Lancaster corridor and Downtown as well due to an expansion of shelter locations because of COVID required distancing. HOPE also has two officers not subject to call to the Shelter area and they coordinate with Shelter District Security. We work with various outreach groups who provide a variety of services for homeless individuals in the East Lancaster and Downtown areas. HOPE activities altered their AOR to include the southern downtown area due to shelter expansion to the Convention Center. Downtown Fort Worth Inc's Ambassador's Program downtown also provides assistance to citizens and to help direct homeless individuals to the appropriate area for resources.
The Downtown Security Group meetings have changed this period due to physical distancing requirements, however information has continued to flow. The DSG serves as our economic development group. It includes business owners and security partners and the purpose is to keep downtown thriving. Typicall we meet every month in various locations downtown (before distancing). This includes Matt Beard, Tia Perez, TCSO Deputy Chief Driscoll, Commander Sparrow, Captain White, Lieutenant Demore, NPO Andriotto, NPO Adam Coleman as well as many others.
NPOs, detectives, lieutenants, the captain, and Commander Mahaffey meet with and communicate regularly with officers (roll calls temporarily paused due to COVID). Meetings have moved to shift-change outdoor conversations, along with other informal meetings to ensure communication continues.
Beats are covered every shift to the extent stafing allows, and we try to use the same officers each day to cover the specific beats. NPOs are communicating with beat officers about issues issues specific to their beats. Older officers continue to act as mentors and assist younger officers with beat details and beat integrity. Beats are staffed according to crime volume and crime trends.
Central Division NPO's addressed quality of life issues by receiving information from citizens and businesses on their beats. NPOs have evolved their approach once physical meetings were discouraged, however the exchange of information and connection with beat residents and beat businesses have continued. NPOs maintained their contacts and relationships using tele-contacts.
NPOs this reporting period made a concerted and collaborative effort to increase communication between themselves, community groups, apartment managers, beat officers, and other departmental groups. Police sponsored meetings have been replaced where possible with tele-communication via both phone and email. Critical information has continued to be exchanged and community policing continues to evolve under these new conditions. Ensuring there are no gaps in service delivery is a priority and evolving to the new normal of tele-contacts and face to face conversations versus mass public meeting gatherings have gone well thus far.
NPO's spread the word about PAL during their day to day duties and various communication methods. PAL along with other youth activities serve as an important tool in the police department's approach to youth activites and keeping youth productive and engaged.
No info on forums for this period.
No info on forums for this period.
Mobile storefront deployments were reintroduced this month in areas where increased police presence was needed. Appropriate distancing was utilized while maintaining as much of a visual impact as possible during the mobile storefront deployments. The mobile storefront was utilized several times this month.
Weekly, NPOs patrol their areas and look for quality of life issue and report them to Code Compliance. In addition, they handle complaints from citizens. NPOs rely on their own perception as well as neighborhood citizens informing them. When they find areas of concern, they partner with the appropriate city service to address the issue.
This is ongoing. NPOs submit weekly reports about crime on their beats, they send that information to community leaders, partners, businesses, and City Council members, and other stakeholders specific to their beat. NPOs, as a group, identify a problem area in the division and conduct special details to address the issues. This continued during the month of May.
We did not create any new Code Blue groups in March. The current state of Public Health Emergency has put a damper on these efforts.
We did not add any Code Blue Members in the month of May.
Code Blue patrols were reintroduced this reporting period. NPOs continued to maintain contact both with their patrolling and non-patrolling Code Blue members. NPOs were visible and on their beats this reporting period, conducting details as the problems warranted.
Monthly case management audits were performed.
Monthly case management audits were performed.
Regular information sharing is performed among Central Division detectives and other investigators. The CIU Sergeants and Lieutenant regularly discuss cases and a weekly report is sent detailing relevant detective cases. A daily review of cases is done by the CIU Sergeants and Lieutenant and pertinent information is quickly shared with other units or CIU's as needed.
NPO's have put up "beat boards" in the roll call rooms at both Sectors. The beat boards are used on a daily basis to communicate with patrol. NPO's also have a email mailing lists in which they share information with their beat officers. A lengthy list of (usually) scheduled meetings is included above in the Neighborhood Police Officer section. Most of the meetings have been put on hold in May until physical distancing issues are resolved.
NPOs, detectives, and I make roll calls regularly. There is a rotation for detectives making roll calls. Officers from various units in the city make our weekly crime meeting.
Central Division has implemented a cross-training program in which patrol officers will work in the detectives office with an assigned detective for a two week training period. The officer will be required to participate in the day to day activities of the detective. Numerous officers have been identified for professional development. The improvement of reports and on scene investigations should be enhanced, especially with the fact that we have so many new officers who have brought in a new dynamic energy to the division coupled with room for improvement. This will help to guard the professional integrity of officers to prepare them for a long career.
Informal sources of information assisted investigators with certain cases this month. Detectives, NPOs, and beat officers constantly identify informal street sources of information to assist in the investigation of offenses in order to clear cases and identify offenders.