FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -
Fayetteville Police and city employees joined forces Tuesday to go door-to-door in a community improvement effort.
The focus was the Massey Hill community, but previous efforts have included other areas of the city such as the Murchison Road corridor.
Police call it a "walk down.” One benefit is that it allows people to talk to officers face-to-face in their own neighborhood.
“It's a good positive influence,” explained Capt. Jay Devane. “It's not an officer responding to a call for service or someone needing help. It's basically the officers going there to just help the community they live in, help clean it up, make it a better place for them.”
The walk downs provide a good opportunity for people to share any crime concerns. They also focus on appearance issues such as code violations or abandoned buildings and other blight.
“It helps the residents out, but it also helps us out too because things like that also welcome the criminal element as well, and it helps us in a positive light as far as us being able to be proactive on our response instead of being reactive later on with it.” Devane said.
While the city employees are taking note of any code violations for follow up, they are also available to hear about any concerns or needs residents may have.
“This allows us to provide another tool for them, another service through working with the different agencies to help them out,” Devane said. “It's a great thing to change something for them to make it better. It's a great opportunity for everybody.”
Tuesday's walk down resulted in 40 warnings or violations related to animal control, trash or other property issues. City staff and police will also follow up on a range of complaints from speeding to drugs.
Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon.More>>