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Police Making 'Clean Sweep' of Fayetteville Neighborhood

Posted April 10, 2007

— Police in Fayetteville are hitting the streets this week in an effort to help a neighborhood in distress.

Police, along with other city officials were out Tuesday making what they call a "clean sweep" through a community along Murchison Road near Jasper Street and E.E. Smith High School.

Law enforcement officials, animal control officers and Sanitation Department personnel began the so-called "wellness walk down" Tuesday morning.

As part of the three-day effort, police are watching for crime and will make arrests. Sanitation officials are looking for debris in yards and junked cars, and animal control officers will make sure residents have their pets vaccinated and properly secured.

The police department says the area has long been troubled by crime and neglected property. A similar neighborhood sweep in January in the Massey Hill was effective.

"This neighborhood has a lot of needs such as what Massey Hill had," Fayetteville police Capt. Brad Chandler said. "We get a lot of complaints for inspections violations, zoning violations, a lot of calls of loose dogs running around."

Police officers issued 18 citations, one city noise ordinance, recovered a stolen vehicle, knocked on 238 doors and made 137 citizen contacts. Four people were arrested on outstanding warrants ranging from statutory rape to breaking and entering.

City inspectors completed seven condemnations, issued 23 vehicle violations for junked vehicles; and animal control distributed 39 notices.

Police say they are not strictly out to issue violations and want to educate the public about laws and how to get help.

Police say they do plan follow-up visits, and they could expand this project to other communities.

"I think this is a good program that they're doing to walk the neighborhood, to learn the people and the neighborhood," said James Currie, who has lived in the Murchison Road area for 39 years.

Currie said he would like to see police do this more often.


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  • patriot4liberty Apr 12, 2007

    This is a great idea for all communities. Think how many convicted sex offenders we could re-register, who have not updated their records. Think of how many outstanding warrants could be filled. Think of how many streetside dealers would be shut down - at least for a day - and how they would think twice about staying in an area that the cops actually take an interest in.

    I have long lamented the loss of community policing, as police recuse themselves into their patrol cars and drive through the neighborhoods that most need their attention and consideration.

    The best deterrent to crime is a unified community. The police and government are one arm of that community - the residents are the other. Just think... our streets could be safe for little kids to play in, again! What a nice daydream.

  • roe Apr 12, 2007

    Fayetteville is trying to gain part of their neighborhoods back. Fayetteville lack the jobs and necessary resources to conquer such big quest they are trying to reach. I salute these efforts nevertheless. When they reach the point of taking property away from owners for allowing tenants to conduct such activity out of homes/apartments/trailers they rent then the city will be able to establish a point.

  • nowon_yuno Apr 12, 2007

    How about a Big Flush?

  • Bob3425 Apr 12, 2007

    I think the fayetteville PD do as good a job as they can with the resources given them, It the courts/prison system that do the plea deals and early releases. Operations like this are good, I like to see the chain gang come back and help clean up the street. The hell with paying the prisoners that call room and board while the state providing it.

  • sick of You Apr 11, 2007

    They will need to do another "clean sweep" in about 2 weeks.

  • southrnarchitect Apr 11, 2007

    This response is to WYHEER and CHERRYDARLING - First Wyheer I have lived in various cities in NC and throughout the south and I have visited many cities in the south Fayetteville is a good place to live copared to others and Cheerydarling if you think Jacksonville is a real military town than you have some bad vision because Jacksonville is where Fayetteville was 30+ years ago. I still live in Fayetteville and I have raised a family there and have watched the city grow and change for the positive over the decades. Oh yea - also read your NC history if it wasn't for Fayetteville - Univ. of NC and Raleigh would not exist because UNC was established and Raleigh founded by the politicans of the time in Fayetteville.

  • 2little2late Apr 11, 2007

    As soon as the media fogets about this story, the cops will forget about this projects

  • 2little2late Apr 11, 2007

    RE:"I guess we became too cheap to pay the salaries of beat cops."...no, the cops don't want to have their children live in that "neighborhood"

  • HoldOn Apr 11, 2007

    There you go! Give this a shot in Durham too. Operation jungle safari.

  • NCWorker Apr 11, 2007

    I bet Elizabeth Edwards would love to see a sweep like this in her niegborhood.