Residents from three blocks in Frankford attended the PSA1 meeting on October 24th to ask for help in dealing with the problems.
The bad news: The drug dealing on the 4700 block of Griscom in becoming a problem again. The 1500 block of Foulkrod is a circus after dark. Neighbors on some parts of the 5000 block of Griscom are feeling intimidated by neighboring resident drug users. The drug house on Foulkrod Street behind the Sugar and Spice store continues to be an after hours drug supermarket.
The good news: A lot of people were at the meeting to get help for their issues. Residents from Haworth Street who attended last month’s meeting, did not attend this month so we hope things have stabilized over there.
Lt. Wood took notes while Officers Andrew and Austin offered their insights. Officer Austin the the “Beat Cop” on Frankford Avenue.
Lt. Wood closed the meeting with burglary prevention tips. The next meeting of PSA1 will be on November 27th at 7PM at Aria Hospital. If you have crime or even quality of life issues, attend these meetings.
The monthly PSA-1 meeting will be held on October 24 at 7PM at Frankford Hospital. Please contact me if you have a specific problem that you want addressed.
1. Operation ID Program: this is a property identification Program that has been developed to aid in the prevention of burglaries and to provide a system to assist the police department in recovering stolen items.
4. Frankford and Foulkrod Sts
Lieutenant Derrick E. Wood
15th District, 1 Platoon
I have been to some PSA meetings where there were as few as three people. Last night, May 22nd, there was about 30 people crammed into the 2nd floor conference room at Aria Health.
At a recent Northwood Civic meeting, some members had complained about crime issues and a point was made that they should attend the PSA meeting. At the last Frankford Civic meeting, complaints about the 4700 block of Griscom and the long ongoing drug problem were raised and it was suggested that they come to the PSA meeting. Everyone showed up and some folks from the 4600 block of Leiper were there as well to get help with their drug problem. Residents of the area around Horrocks and Herbert Streets reported acts of vandalism as an ongoing problem.
Lt. Derrick Wood went around the room and took his time taking it all in. As usual he made no promises but listened to each person and asked questions and made suggestions. He made it clear that he was not aware of the magnitude of these problems and would follow up on the information provided.
The residents asked why these problems are not being addressed. Where are the police. Why do some blocks never see a patrol car.
Well you call 911 and we all know that the 15th is the busiest district in the city so unless you have a major crime, you are not going to see the police right away. When the get there it will likely be after you problem is over.
The PSA meeting is the best way to make sure that your problem is on their radar. If it is an ongoing problem, like somebody selling drugs on your block, it is not going to be solved over night. You have to take the initiative and keep coming to the meetings until you get the service you deserve.
Lt. Wood spent some time after the meeting getting additional information from some folks. They all say they will be back next month to keep up the pressure.
The next meeting of PSA1 is on June 20 at 7PM at Aria Health.
Lt. Derrick Wood met with concerned residents, business owners and civic leaders Friday night at the PSA1 meeting to deal with the never ending problem of violent drug dealers at Frankford Avenue and Foulkrod Street. Shootings, violence, threats and intimidation have become the norm in the last few months as drug wars have spilled over into the streets. The Frankford Deli harbors the dealers during the day making the intersection ground zero for a quick high or a stray bullet. Video below is of the location after a recent shooting on the morning of March 19th.
Lt. Wood made it known that this problem is a priority for the PSA and the problem is being addressed.
There will be a PSA 1 meeting tonight at Aria Health, second floor conference room. Come meet Lieutenant Wood and bring your crime issues.