At last week's meeting of the Greater Strathmore Neighborhood Association (GSNA) at Most Holy Rosary, Mayor Matt Driscoll and Syracuse Police Chief Gary Miguel outlined the city's long term plan for law enforcement in the Strathmore area.
With some 75 Strathmore residents in attendance, along with Deputy Chiefs David Barrette and Frank Fowler and a number of detectives and uniformed officers, Chief Miguel explained that the issue of public safety and law enforcement is a city-wide issue, and specific plans are outlined area by area. Following a rash of burglaries in the fall, patrols were stepped up in the Strathmore area, and several suspects were apprehended. One such arrest took place in the home being burglarized within minutes of the call being received.
"It is frequently one or two individuals that target an area who are responsible for a number of crimes," Miguel said. "Because of the great cooperation we received in this area, we were able to make some significant arrests last year. When citizens are the 'eyes and ears' of the police force, our job becomes much easier in terms of getting criminals off the streets. Good response time is the result of people calling about suspicious activity.
"Just last night, for example, a neighbor called the police to report juveniles acting in a suspicious manner a few blocks from here. They wound up being arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property."
The long-term plan, developed with the approval and cooperation of Mayor Driscoll, includes the continuation of the bicycle patrols that were implemented last year through the Community Policing Division under Deputy Chief Fowler, as well as the regular neighborhood and park car patrols.
"We will be augmenting these efforts with the help of our street and drug crime units as well," Miguel said. "Visibility is important in deterring crime.