Raleigh police chief joins councilman for virtual Q&A
Raleigh Chief of Police Estella Patterson will share her vision for the Raleigh Police Department, along with her observations and reflections following her first few months leading the police department. Following Chief Patterson's remarks, council member David Knight will lead a discussion and field questions.
pertaining somewhat mostly to District D. But really we're covering issues that affect and impact the whole city. Um So uh thanks for coming and welcome folks will be coming on and off the uh the call tonight and um feel free to do that and we're just glad you're here because we have a very special guest. Um and I like to welcome chief estella patterson here tonight and thank you for being here. Chief Patterson. Uh Chief Patterson also has some of her staff which I'll let her introduce them um uh as she moves forward in her presentation, but I wanted to have the chief on tonight because she is new to the city and um she was hired in june of this year officially after a rigorous national search um that the city put put on and uh the the manager lead this city manager Manager Adams David. Uh so she gets all the glory or the blame if things don't go well, chief, right, don't put it on us, but no the city councilors had input into this and we're fortunate enough to meet chief during the finals and uh there was very much tough competition there and uh we are fortunate and honored to have uh uh Miss Patterson become our Raleigh Police chief. So welcome and I want to go through a little bit of your resume. I can't do the whole thing because it would take the whole hour. So I will go through a little bit of it to help introduce you to or introduce our audience to uh to our new police chief. Um It comes to us from the charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and uh Chief Patterson was there from 1996 to 2021 numerous capacities including and starting as a patrol officer, instructor, sergeant, division commander, recruitment director, and internal affairs commander. Um she received the rank of Deputy chief in april of 2019. She also served as the president, the greater charlotte chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and is currently an executive board member of the North korean Police Executives Association. So we are great to have her. She also has been a member of the US Army Reserve or she was from 96 2 until 2000 and five. Her service included compact combat tours in Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian into Iraq as part of Operation enduring freedom, so congratulations and thank you for your work in the military Chief. She's she's an honored two time recipient of the Army Army come come into commendation commendation Medal for Meritus uh service. She ended her bachelor's degree in political science at the University of north Carolina charlotte and her master of Science in Criminal justice from the University of Oklahoma. She is a graduate of FBI National Academy And attended the 56th session of the Senior Management Institute for Police. She her passion lies in building collaborative partnerships in the community, which we look forward to hearing more about and working with youth and serving those in need. And I know the chief has 100 day plan that she wants to talk about as well, are we still in it? We're just about still in it, but we'll see how that's gone for her so so far. And just look forward to hearing from her. And again, thank you for being here chief and look forward to hearing from you and we'll open up to you. Yes, thank you. Councilman night for the invitation to join your town hall listening session tonight. This is wonderful to be here. Um Yes, I've been here a couple of months now in Rollins. It's been great so far, learning so much in this city, but before I get started this evening I want to certainly acknowledge those who are here with me. We have some of the members of my team on the call with me and I'd like to introduce them if I can. We have Captain Greg Kingsbury who is um the District Commander for the Northwest District. Also too, we have Lieutenant bobby Latour, he's a Lieutenant in the Northwest District also too, I have Michael balan who is our Community Police and engagement coordinator on the call with us and Laura Hourigan, who is our public information Manager at the time with the Police Department and so they are all on the line to help out. I know we're going to do a question answering session and they'll be able to answer any questions that you might have that I won't be able to answer being new in this seat, but as council member, um night indicated, um I came from charlotte. I was there 25 years with the C M p D, worked in different capacities, working my way up the chain there. The wonderful thing about being in charlotte is the exposure that I got there to so many things that I'm seeing already here in Raleigh. So I believe that was a good training and preparation for this position. Uh coming to Raleigh has been a treat for me because I did not know anything about Raleigh, I don't know Riley, I'm still using a GPS to learn my way around town. But what I see of the city, it's a beautiful city in a wonderful place to live. So I do have a short presentation for you. I'd like to talk to you about my my plan. We have we are beyond 100 days now. But also to just to kind of tell you what my overall goals are for the city of Raleigh and for the Police Department. Next slide please. Mhm. Well, just advance the slide here, beginning with our mission, the Raleigh Police Department really has a rich tradition of just doing excellent work overall, both in the community and internal, internally within the organization. Um here we have our mission statement. The two things that I think the key things that really stick out with this mission statement statement are the phrases in the spirit of service and partnership with the community and when we talk about being a police officer and being in the field of law enforcement is a tough field to be and especially nowadays you really, this is not a field where somebody just decides I want a job and I want to be, you really have to have a heart to serve, you have to be called to serve because it requires so much sacrifice and selfless sacrifice in order to be in this profession. So part of our mission statement is that we do it in the spirit of service and all the young men and women, all this police department are serving the community, that is what we are about and then partnership with the community, I think we all know that there is no way that the police can accomplish what we accomplish without the assistance and without the partnership of the community with our council members with our community at large, we really look for the community and one of the things that I am very interested in doing being here in Raleigh is activating what I call the silent majority, I know that last year was a tough year for law enforcement across the board and there were a lot of vocal individuals concerning the police, but I truly believe and I have seen my previous position and even in this position that there is a silent majority that supports the work that the police is doing. I like that silent majority to be ignited to be more vocal about supporting the police and the work that we're doing and certainly holding us accountable when we don't do it right, you let us know and as your chief, I'll make sure that we get it right, but I think it's important that we ignite that silent majority so that we can have that support in order to keep our city safe and do the things that we want to accomplish here next life. Yeah. In terms of my vision, my overall vision for the city of Raleigh is simply this to make rather the safest city in the nation and I have said this repeatedly from day one and all the interviews when I go and visit with community members, I want to make sure that Raleigh is safe. It is important to me that everyone that works lives plays and learns in our city feels that they can go for a walk, they can take the kids out to play, that they can go shopping, that they can do whatever they want to do in their everyday life and they can do that safely without being victimized. Um, and I think that right now as a nation we are going through where we're seeing so much violent crime across the board Raleigh has done an exceptional job. I feel for city this size to keep our violent crime numbers down. Um, but we're starting to see an uptick. So I really want to work to make us the safest city namely with our bodies crime keeping that down. So in terms of my priorities next slide, please in terms of priority, the number one thing is reducing violent crime and making sure that the violent crime numbers remain low, remain manageable. We don't want to get we don't want to see that go out of hand. When I was in charlotte about six years ago we started to see our violent crime numbers start to go up and part of it was due to the size of the city. The growth within the city and part of your growth, you're going to have that residual where you're going to see um crime. I mean I think it's just inevitable in some respects when you start to have growth. So we got to expect that, but we want to keep that to a minimum as much as possible. Um when I am home in the evenings, the things that that keep me up at night is thinking about how we make sure that there's not violent crime that somebody's not victimized. Also to how is it that we build and strengthen relationships that we have in the community. We want those relationships to be strong because we know that we build legitimacy as a police department when we have those relationships. So I'm always looking at ways of how we can leverage those relationships as well to reduce our violent crime. So my priorities are first to reduce violent crime, to build relationships with the community. And then thirdly, to look internally at our police department to make sure that our officers have health and wealth and that we have organizational Excellency Excellency within the organization. Our officers have a tough job to do. Many of them are young officers who are working the street. They are exposed to trauma really on a daily basis. I don't, we never really talk about it. We talked about it internally, but we don't talk about it externally to the community. The kinds of calls for service that our officers are constantly dealing with what they're seeing, what they're exposed to. And I have to make sure from where I sit that our officers are in great mental shape, great physical health and that they're able to do their jobs well. And so I want to make sure that we're making investments for that to happen. I will tell you overall, the morale within policing is on a decline, not just at the Raleigh Police Department, but across the nation, just because of some of the things we had to deal with last year, but I'm committed to making sure that we build our morale that we look to give our officers the tools that they need to be successful in order to do their job. So my three priorities again is just reducing the violent crime. Making sure the numbers stay down, strengthening the relationships that we have with the community. And then thirdly looking internally at our organization and make sure that our officers wellness is a priority. Next line now in terms of violent crime, I want to give you some numbers because one of the things you will learn about me is that I'm very transparent. I don't believe that we should sugarcoat or hide behind the numbers. I think that we owe it to the public to let them know what is occurring within our city. So I just wanted to show you some comparisons on our numbers in terms of our violent crime. Um that being with our homicide numbers As you can see on this side in 2018, that number was 28, it went down in 2020 and then in this year 2021 we see a slight uptick. We're at 30 now with those thirties I'm very proud to say that our p. D. has an exceptional and exceptional major crimes team. Our detectives are busy anytime there is a crime that is committed. They're out doing everything they can to solve those crimes of the 30 homicides that we have had year to date 29 of those. We have made arrests and which is excellent and we're very close on the last one. So I feel confident that we will clear out all these cases by the end of the year. We're working hard to prevent homicides from happening in the first place in terms of aggravated assault and shooting incidents. This is when I talk about violent crime being on the rise across the nation. This, these are the areas where we're seeing it particularly with shooting incidents. Um, I think as a result of the pandemic and I speak kind of anecdotally on this, but the pandemic calls put a lot of people in panic I think where um, individuals were acquiring weapons, firearms, guns. And so as a result of that, we're starting to see more shooting incidents, more aggravated assault, domestic violence incidents occurring across the board. So when we look at our numbers, we see that there is an increase in those areas. And so I am focusing moz much of our resources in those areas. We are partnering with our federal partners with the ATF D. A. With other on the FBI to come up with strategies so that we can really impact the violent crime because we don't want these numbers to go up in 2022. We want to see a decline in those numbers. So that's violent crimes. Just wanted to kind of give you a snapshot of what that's looking like in terms of property crime. And even though my main focus is violent crime, I'm also concerned about the property, the property crime that we see in our city. When we look at these numbers, I wanted to kind of show you just the areas where I think um we see the most property crime that's around our motor vehicle thefts, cars being stolen this time of year. I cannot stress it enough. I cannot stress it enough. Now I know it's cold and you want to get in your car, you want to be warm, you want to be comfortable. But certainly we do not want individuals warming up their cars and leaving them unattended. We have so many cars that get stolen in that fashion or when you're pumping gas. You know how we like to do with pump the gas and I'm just gonna run a real quick and pay for the gas and grab a bite to eat in a cup of coffee, then you come back out and your car is missing. It just takes a second for somebody to steal that vehicle. We have seen an increase in motor theft vehicles over this year. Also two cars being broken into. So Lars knew from motor vehicles. I'm happy that that number is down compared to 2020 and 2019 and I gotta say, I think the reason for that is our locking and lose it campaign that RPG has really been pushing for the last year. Really discouraging residents and citizens from having valuables in your car. I cannot state it enough. Please do not leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle. It only takes 20 seconds for somebody to break in your car and steal those items and firearms is the item of choice that they are stealing into cars and stealing. So please please please pass the word on to everybody not to leave valuables in your vehicles. Next slide please one other area. Even though it's not violent crime that I wanted to talk about a little bit because I'm I have a feeling that those are on the call are probably going to ask me chief. What are you doing about speeding? What are you doing about traffic incidents in this city? So last year we all loved it because there were no cars on the roadway. That was a good thing and that was a bad thing, a bad thing in that people decided well I could just go as fast as I want to go And now that there are cars back on the road, individuals still want to go as fast as they want to go unfortunately, which has led now to a lot of traffic collisions and fatalities. So we are seeing that number go up. I was very disheartened to see that in October we had 12 fatalities, 12 people losing their lives over traffic accidents in our city. In our jurisdiction. Most of those were attributed to speed. We gotta slow down Riley. We're driving way too fast in this city and for the conditions. Um, I have since I've gotten here, I have noticed how many complaints I get about speeding but then I just observed it myself. I'm driving in my car, it's an unmarked police car but I have blue lights. People know that I'm the police, I'm being cut off. People are speeding around me driving recklessly. I said we're gonna do something about this. And so we have teamed up with the Highway Patrol, we're working with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's office and we are running speed reduction campaigns. You may have already heard of some that we did, we did two of them last week went on last Tuesday and then the day before thanksgiving. Just want to share some numbers with you on that. But one that we did on the 23rd which was last Tuesday, that was move over campaign because again, we want to make sure that motorists are aware when you see a emergency vehicle, first responder vehicle that you are moving out the way for that vehicle. So we did a campaign related to that. We made a total of 100 and 37 traffic stops. We concentrated on 5 40 For a couple hours and this was just in a couple hours span, 137 traffic stops. We wrote 136 warning tickets, but we also wrote some for speedy because we have some excessive speeders. Um in that we were very gracious and writing warning tickets but Raleigh I'm letting you know we're going to start writing even more tickets and we're gonna give you real tickets. They're not gonna be warning tickets. Moving forward Now all the 24th the day before Thanksgiving, we were with the troopers with the highway patrol. We were out also on for this when we were out on 440 Along those corridors and we did 74 traffic stops, we wrote citations for speeding. We were not even, we were very gracious in this, we weren't stopping you unless you were exceeding the speed limit, 10 miles over the speed limit and we still ended up making 74 traffic stops. It just goes to show you that the speeds in which we are traveling in the city, we have to pay a lot of attention to it is unsafe and we certainly don't want anybody to be injured as a result of it. So you're going to see more of our officers out and about. They're going to be running radar, they're gonna be stopping you from speed for speeding. Once you get that citation, don't say you weren't warned because I'm telling you tonight we're going to be enforcing that because we know that that is a safety concern on our streets here in Raleigh. Alright, next slide please. So reducing violent crime is one of my priorities. I also tell you that community engagement is also a priority for me. I come from a background of being community centered um in charlotte, I spent my whole career engage in our community, making sure that our officers were embedded in the community. Um I realize and I think our officers realize as well that we only have 800 of us when we're fully staffed, but we have a population of almost 500,000 in this city. There's not enough officers for us to go around to put everybody in all the areas that we're having problems that we have an issue. We really have to rely on the community to help the eyes and ears for us to feed us information and to police ourselves to make sure that it's community members that we are looking out for our neighbors and we're doing the right thing. So I am very intentional about making sure that our officers are fully embedded in the community. Um I really want every police officer to be a community officer and by that, I mean that they're out getting to know neighbors stopping and checking in on those in the neighborhoods, making sure that things are safe. Is there anything that you need? Um I heard just today from our accreditation manager in our exit interview that they committed two of our officers who are really doing great work as it pertains to community engagement. Um There are some neighborhoods that they have adopted and every day they go into those neighborhoods and they check up on residents and they have to stop and chat with them. See there's anything new going on, if there's any areas that they need to be focusing on that is exactly what we want our officers to do and not just in our neighborhoods but also with our business owners, all our stakeholders within the community. That's what we should be doing, being fully engaged with them. So I will be pushing that more and more. And I think you've seen me out and about. I I know that I have to lead by example. I am willing to be out in the community to attend community meetings to meet with leaders to meet with community members to be as engaged as I can within the community. Next slide please. And my third area of emphasis is officer wellness, looking internally. One of the things I did within 100 day plan was to form what action committees within the police department for the officers to tell me if our employees to tell me what areas of the department, we should really be focusing on, what kinds of things they would like to see within the organization. I got a lot of feedback on that. In fact I got so much, I mean it took me like a month or so to really go through all of it embedded and see what would be the best things for our organization moving forward. Um we talked about, you know workload schedules, the distribution of the work um work life impact and balance. Want to make sure that our officers have a balance. Also too, we want to have a culture where we can recruit and hire and retain the best employees. One of the struggles that RPG as most other police departments is facing right now is we are losing officers to retirement and we are losing officers because they no longer want to be in this profession. Unfortunately a lot of that came out of last year and how we were treated overall. So now we are on an uphill struggle trying to um recruit quality candidates and trying to retain those individuals as well. So we are pushing um I have a recruitment plan that I have put together to help us recruit and hire officers. We want to get the best quality of personnel on our police department that takes time, that takes effort but we're working really hard to make sure that we can fill the vacancies that we currently have. So just from an internal standpoint though, I know that it would be a huge morale booster if we can have more officers because of course that is going to enable us to do more proactive work in the community as well. Alright, next slide And so I'd like to conclude really by saying that you know one, we welcome you to join us if anybody out there is thinking about being a police officer. Now is the time we are hiring um we we do invite you to be a part of our team, but more than anything, we invite you to be a supporter of the police department to let our officers know that you support the work that they're doing. But by the same token, if we are not performing our duties satisfactorily, if there are issues within our pd as your chief, I want to know what those are because we want to make sure that we are running a police department of high integrity, High morals and that our personnel are accountable for their actions. Um, as I stated, this is a difficult time to be a police officer, but I believe that there is nobility in this profession. It is a great profession. I would not have been doing it for 25 years. If it wasn't there's no other profession that I would want to be a part of. I think that policing, we do so much good for the community and we want to continue to do that. So, um, these are so I just shared with you, of course my 100 day plan and my priorities for the organization, we're going to keep working at that. One of the things that I am doing is a quarterly crime brief. We did a third quarter crime brief. When I first arrived in october or around october, we did the first one, we will be doing another one in january where I will report out our numbers. This is part of transparency, but this is also to an opportunity for the community to know what is happening in the city and ways that you can get involved to help make sure that our community is safe. So with that I will open it up to any questions or councilman night, I will yield to you and if you want to leave that question answer session, that would be great. Sure. Thank you so much chief. That was very helpful and I love your three priorities. Um I think we probably a lot of the discussion tonight will be around those priorities because I think you're hitting right on what is needed in Riley. Um and what is a high priority for the citizens of Riley? So I think that that hits head on. So I appreciate that we had a question in the chat room which I was gonna ask to for you to talk a little bit more about acorn and tell the audience about them. Maybe one of your staff wants to, where you can um what you're trying to do there. It goes a lot with what your priorities are. Um so, talk to us a little bit about the this new branch of the department called Acorn. Yes, so our Acorns unit is brand new to us. Um it is a unit that we started, I think the rollout was june right before I got to um RPG and Acorns um stands for assessing. Okay, let me get it right because every time I say it um assessing concerns through, hold on, let me get it right. My apologies. Yeah. So let me just explain really what Acorns um is about. They are a team of three officers, a detective and three social workers. Um and their duty or their goal really is to provide referral services for those who are dealing with mental may have a mental crisis or mental issue. Now with Acorns, they provide those referral services, those follow up services for those individuals. So our officers may go on a call in which somebody might be dealing with a crisis or an issue and then we come in to help them out on the follow up and to make sure that they're getting those services that they need and where we're a little bit different from other models when it comes to dealing with those experiencing um mental health is that we continue to do those follow ups. Um Many other agencies, they do a one and done if you will with the individual and then let's say that individual needs additional medication or something like that. They're kind of on their own Acorns is a little bit different and that they continue to do those follow ups to ensure that that person has all the resources they need as much as we can and we refer them to those resources and then follow up to make sure that they are getting them. Yeah. And how do you feel like it's going so far with that approach. Yeah. And so we have, as I said, you started june one. So it's certainly it is brand new. Um I believe that there has been a huge response to it. Um I think that many citizens are wanting the word is getting now the Acorns is available and Acorns let me go back to the the Akron. I want to make sure that I get it Exactly right, addressing crisis through outreach, referrals, networking and services and that is what they provide. But the reception has been well, the unit is doing excellent in terms of the referrals that we are getting the individuals that we are helping. Just this past weekend. I reached out to the sergeant and Acorns because a community member um sent me a text message and says individual was dealing with suicidal threats and they wanted to make sure that that person got some assistance. I reached out to the sergeant. She was already familiar with the case and with the individual because they had dealt with them before and they were able to provide some referral services and will continue to check up on them. So I think that the reception has been great and the word is getting out that this unit is out there, we are hoping as we, because it's in its infancy, we might continue to, you know, hopefully add to the unit. Maybe make some tweaks to it over the years. But right now it is going well, thank you. Great. Good to hear that. I want to talk a little bit about some issues in District E. Specifically. So I'm glad you have staff um that that work in this in this part of the city. Just for those on the attendance. Um District E covers most most of what's called the North Northwest district. Um Priest is a precinct or district of the of the right police department. So it's not all of it. There are parts of my district, they're outside but most of them we have staff and I believe we have Captain King as Kingsbury from from the Northwest and then lieutenant mature so glad to have them. I believe there's some other staff so they can talked about this a little bit. One of the issues going back to a corner a little bit that that has been is an issue all over the city but certainly in in District E. Is and I may not use the correct term but it's pan handling and it's I get a lot of calls about it and it's not because I think people are mad that they're panhandling is that they're concerned about these people right? And I've talked to a lot of them, you know, the issues that they're dealing with and why they're out there uh ranges right. But it's certainly not a good thing, right? I don't think any of them want to be out there. Um And I don't think any of our other citizens want them to be out there. So I think that's something to me is we need to continue to work on how to help these people. And I know we all know this that some of these people are put out there by their family members and that's what they think they should be doing that day to help make money for for their family as it were or they can't take care of them. And so that's what they do with them. And and that's a problem. And that's something that I hope and think that Acorn will be able to help. But we've got to come up with a solution to this because it's it's nobody likes it, it's obviously unsafe. Um And it's uh it's not, you know what we want to be happening to our residents of our city. So I hope we can continue to work on that if you have any quick thoughts. But I know this is one of the issues that Acorn is dealing with. Yes. And I'm going to ask Captain Kingsbury to to speak just a little bit historically about what we have been doing in that area. Um as far as the pan handling there are city ordinances against it. Um you know, not being on the right away as well as you can't be within, you know, you have to have a permit if you will in order to panhandle. So it is something that we're seeing more and more of. Um and Captain Kingsbury, are you on where you can talk a little bit more about historically, what you have seen and what we have been doing as chief. It has been a problem for a long time and one new resource with having the Acorns unit. The officers have already received some training from the Acorns unit and have been made aware of what types of resources that can be provided to these individuals who are on the street. And Just a quick anecdotal story. We we had one gentleman out panhandling on Glenwood Avenue near 541 of the normal locations we see them and officers were not talked with them and and found that he was out there trying to make money to get some eyeglasses. He had some vision problems. Uh the Acorn gina was contacted and they were able to help the individual gets some of the resources that he needed and you know, so it's just small things like that. If there's an individual out there is truly in need that we can assist. Um Acorns is able to reach out and and provide some of the assistance. But certainly then then then being out in the street, we've had some of them actually get hit by cars and things like that. So we really look to try to get them out of the roadway, you know, and sometimes we do have to enforce those ordinances for no other reason for their safety, but more than anything, we try to educate them and provide resources and having acorns is already starting to have an impact. And being able to help some of those individuals who are in need who need shelter or need resources. Awesome. Thank you for that. I think in in particular, I think folks that drive along Glenwood, see these folks and you know, one in particular is the older woman at Hayes Barton baptist Church, right there, five points. Um, and then the older gentleman that's in a wheelchair that's coming off of the 4 40 right there at Glenwood too. And uh, you know, they didn't get there by themselves. So we need to figure out what we can do with their families and them to, to get them basically off the streets as it were. So, uh, we look forward to working with you all on that. Um, and dealing with that issue. So I appreciate that. Um, another way, this is a touchy one and you and you touched on it earlier, uh, chief, and I appreciate you talking about transparency, the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd and what happened here in Raleigh um, protests that turned to riots. Um, you weren't here obviously, but you were in charlotte and similar incidents did occur in charlotte. So you saw this firsthand there. Um, we went through a process, obviously a learning process and educational process, um, and brought in consultants and work through this from, you know, from the police level, the city level. Um, and we certainly learned some lessons of, of how to deal how to respond. And I wanted you just to touch on that issue. Um, and again, knowing you weren't Riley, but the larger issue of that and lessons learned from what happened in the aftermath of his of his death. Yes, sir. I mean, I believe that that incident was a learning opportunity for all of us. Um, I know that Raleigh had it probably worse than other cities being a capital city in charlotte right around the same time where things will expire. Mm. Okay. Right. Yeah. Hi everybody, I believe the chief is having a technical difficulty. We're gonna give her a minute to come back online. Let's get ready to ask about that. I think that same for everybody. Thanks for your patience. Here's one that the captain can answer because it's uh, I think this, this area is part of District D to the recent shootings at the bison and club amnesia. That actually one incident occurred. Well, incidents occurred the same night and I know that guy live people's attention in that area five points and of Wake Forest Road. Um, and then I think the bison may have had another incident, I knew, um, since then there has been in the, in the chief touched on this sort of, um, looking at some of these, um, situations in some of these locations And are there some things that you are going to be doing to keep monitor, uh, at a higher level, etcetera. And so talk to us about that and what you are doing in response to that. So I don't know if I can speak particularly to those particular bars. Those are actually not in the Northwest district. I can just tell you generally that problem nightclubs that we do have a process called Net Forces that we do inspections and in particular, if we see we're having problems, that particular clubs, we certainly look to provide more resources and work with the club owners and do whatever we can to try to make that particular location safer. So I don't have details about that particular locations. That's, that's actually more towards downtown than than the Northwest. But that's certainly, we definitely pay very close attention to and provide more resources in those areas where those problems occur. Right, okay. Those are ones that folks are interested in and very, uh, concerned about. So I appreciate y'all um, monitoring those at a, at a high level, um, A couple of quick ones and hopefully we'll get the chief back on is the best thing for somebody to do an emergency that they, not that they're in it, but they see something or they're concerned about something is to call 911 or is there a better. Absolute. You know, I think a lot of times people will, you know, if you're in your community and you see something just doesn't look quite right. Um something looks suspicious. We definitely want you to call. I think a lot of people will go looking for a non emergency number. But honestly in the end, even if you call one of the non emergency numbers, they're gonna put you right through to dispatch. So we very much depend upon all of you in the community. You know, if you are there day to day and if you you're for instincts are telling you something doesn't quite seem right. We want you to call us. Absolutely and provide as much detail as possible about whatever that particular thing you're observing your community. That doesn't seem right. We'd rather than come check it out and find out that there's really nothing to it than than for you not to call it all. Okay, good. Well that's good, good information and good to know. Um Megan. Do we want to open it up? We, I think we have some questions on the chat that I think everybody can see. Um Councilor Knight Chief patterson has just got back onto the car. Okay, get back online. There. She is. My apologies. I don't know. I think my internet drops. I am so sorry about that worries and you're talking about the aftermath of the George patterson death. Yes. What George? Yes. One thing I wanted to point out with that is that one of the investments are one of the things that are P. D. Has done. We applied for a grant through cops which is community policing organization and was awarded a grant for de escalation training. Um and that grant is going to allow us to be able to build a curriculum around specifically a policy for de escalation and then also to training in that area. Reality based training um which most police departments we have been doing the escalation training, not formally calling that, but this is going to allow us to actually build something where that we say is um de escalation training and I think that's gonna really help us um as we navigate some of the issues with the community but also to make sure that our officers that we're using all the resources possible to de escalate the situation so that it doesn't end up in something like what we saw with the George ford killing. I mean that's the worst case scenario. We have learned a lot from that as police departments. I don't know anyone who would say that that incident what happened in that incident was the right thing. We all agree was the wrong thing but we want to make sure something like that never happens again in policing. So I think the investment in the de escalation training is going to help us with that, that training also is gonna, we've been talking about acorns that training is also going to allow us to make some more investments with our a corns unit from training for them so that we can have more resources for those in the community. Awesome. Okay. We appreciate that very much. And I think that's a continuing conversation that we will have as a community and I deeply appreciate you leading, leading on that conversation. Um, I, I could ask questions all night. I got one last one and I appreciate one of one of your priorities is organizational and officer wellness. I think that is so important. Um, you know, I think a lot of the stereotype is that police officers are tough, you know, they're physically tough, they're mentally tough. But, and you've been in the military, so you've seen this as well in the past, um, that, that mental wellness, mental health, emotional health is so important and it's hard to be that when you're seeing and dealing with the things that you have got to deal with. Your officers have deal with, uh, hour to hour. Really, so talk a little bit more about how you hope to improve in that area for the Raleigh Police department. Yes, absolutely. We want our officers to behold completely mentally emotionally financially, physically and being able to provide as many resources we can as a city for them, I think is a win for us. Um One of the wonderful things we is that we have an RPG is we have a on staff psychologists where officers if they just need somebody to talk to the decompressed to ask questions of. Um We have that psychologists available as an internal resource to them. Also to the city offers e ap employee assistance programs um where our personnel can call and they can get assistance in that area. Also too, we are rolling out soon. We'll be talking about it and internal um app for our officers that will give them information about peer support. Our crisis intervention team also E. AP services and they'll have it on a one stop shop one place that they can go to and get this information and we're going to be highly encouraging our officers to do that. We are asking our police officers to do a lot more with a lot less. Our process is now our court processes, everything requires more information um getting more evidence and that kind of thing in order to make cases what makes it difficult for officers are constantly around the clock working there constantly around the clock having to go to court. That kind of thing. That puts an emotional strain on our employees that really impacts their work like balance. So any resources that we can provide for them to help lessen that to help them work through that and navigated. It's important to me. So that's why we're making the investments we are making with our app, our internal app making sure that our psychologist is available and I would love it to be able to have a second psychologists on staff because we know that the one that we have is so helpful, so useful but to get even hurt some help would be good to have somebody else on staff. Right, okay. Thank you so much. And Megan, I will let I've actually lost video but I will let you read some of the questions from uh from the audience to the chief if you don't mind or just a couple of questions of the chief and then we'll let her again with her evening. Um William 20 submitted a question about youth engagement. I think you'd like some of the things you were talking about, engaging with Raleigh youth and was just curious to know if there's any specific programs that you already have in mind or know of that you can look out for in 2022. So we've already partnered Reilly has a great history of working with the youth which is excellent since I have been here. I have learned or some groups have reached out to me are young men for christ which is a mentoring program for young men in our disadvantaged communities. Um they have just been wonderful the things that they are trying to do. We have partnered with them. They did a Football Express, they did a football clinic a few weeks ago where RPG was invited to be a part of that. One of our X. R. P. D. Officers as a coach for that group. And so we're working with them. The boys and Girls Club of the Triangle has been a big group that we have worked with as well. Their executive director reached out to me just recently and has asked for a meeting. So I'm going to go on a tour of their facility. I'm excited about that, but our community officers are always working with our various youth groups. Um One of the things though that we're seeing is that a lot of our violent crime that's being committed is being committed. There are victims, our youth and the suspects are young people. So we know that we really have to really find even more things for our young people to do to keep them engaged, making sure that our school resource officers are looking at programming and different things for our youth. I always say when I come to community meetings, I asked groups if you have a youth program, something that you're doing and you would like to connect with the police on please by all means reach out to us because we'd love to be a part of that. Fantastic. I I think we're at the end of our questions, we had some duplicate kind of questions that the chiefs already touched on. Um, so I think we're good unless there's any closing remarks. Mhm. I would just say chief, thank you so much for being here, keep going after those speeders. Um I think that is an issue in our part of the city that is driving people crazy, the speeders in the loud vehicles. Um but uh and that leads to other issues, Right? And I know one of the things that you know that we're working on at the city level um that I've gotten in the budget was to do some traffic calming uh upgrades around five points. And we know we have a lot of issues with cars coming out of vehicles coming out of downtown, uh Glenwood South, uh etcetera, that speeding, uh drinking, distracted drivers, et cetera that we're having to deal with. And I think we have an opportunity to do some good work around traffic calming around the five points area as we are in in other uh parts of the city. So thank you for your focus on that. And really thank you for the folks from the Northwest District, Captain Kingsbury and Lieutenant to tour and the rest of the staff. And again, um Welcome chief again, we're glad you're here. Um We're honored that you are here and we look forward to a great relationship and and working with you and uh we'll have you back sometime soon. I'd love to hear more about how things are going uh because y'all are very important aspect of of our city. So thank you so much. Thank you sir. I appreciate it. And thank you to everyone for your patience tonight with my internet issues. Um I appreciate the support of our police officers and I just ask that you continue to keep us in your prayers. Thank you chief. Thank you Chief Anderson. So we're gonna let them Chief go onto her evening unless she happens to be free wants to stay. But um Councilor Knight had a few general announcements that he wanted to share with everyone on the call if everybody wants to stay on. We uh usually wrap up by 8:00. Thank you Megan. And that was great appreciate everybody being on for to hear the chief and uh staff of the Police Department doing great work, tough work. Um and we have to be in partnership and coordination as much as possible with the rest of, of of what the city is doing uh in the Police Department is a big part of that. So thanks to them, just to touch on some issues and one some of these have to do with what the, what the police have to deal with is that we have as this council has been really focused on reducing speed limits around the city and um and we have Reduced 111 streets um, down to 25 mph with another 28, another 18 streets coming online in the future and future meetings. We're on track to triple the number of speed limit reductions approved in 2021 as compared to 2020. So that's great news. Um, and very important, and uh, you'll be seeing that around the city and that does make a difference, but we still have to have the police presence and we still have to have uh, traffic homing, uh, options out there to help do that as well to keep it's very safe for our public and community for other for pedestrians as well as as well as bike riders. Um, so it is a paramount priority for this for the majority of the city council to get that done a few things that we've done recently, we've heard for about our short term rentals program and it's going well, we have asked that staff come back every six months and tell us how it's doing because there's a new program, if you recall, it was stalled for many years. But now the city council got a short term rentals program in place, like most other cities have, and that there's only been one complaint in the last six months. Uh, and that's been dealt with. So that program is going well. Um, we're obviously looking to become more of a uh, multimodal city um, with bikes and transit being a focus and that is uh, that's happening right. Um We have the rapid, the bus rapid transit that's moving forward along the new Bern corridor, that will be the first um uh line that will come into play. Um Then we have a southern line and the western line all of those are moving forward. And so we're doing uh zoning changes and regulations to allow um for uh both housing opportunities around these lines as well as other type of of transit uh focus development uh to to go on around those in those areas. Um As most of you are aware, we joined wake County adopting a non discrimination ordinance that prohibits discrimination in public in public accommodations and private employment. Um Council member melton lead this effort for us is credited uh for his leadership in this area. We also used um our last listing session um I talked about the and had on our Budget director to talk about the american Rescue Plan act that congress passed, also known as Arpa the acronym. Um and we have used a million of that money towards uh to serve agencies to help agencies that serve one of five groups, the elderly youth, individuals with disabilities, individuals with substance abuse issues and people experiencing homelessness. So that will get out to those organizations quickly to help them uh increase and better the work that they're doing for these folks in need. We've also are going to be looking at a a potential midtown to downtown express bus service um which would be uh I think a great thing for the city um and it would be, you know, possibly an express bus um bus uh corridor. Um and this is something where, you know, we have folks in town um for different meetings and uh other types of things that attract people of the city, those are the two areas downtown and midtown, which usually host these people in hotels uh and and other accommodations. So that would be exciting to be able to do that. Um getting folks to the convention center when needed and other uh amenities downtown and also at midtown. Um let's see a few other things that are going on in the city um for the holidays. Um I want you to let you know about a couple of few events um illuminate artwork, which is a free self guided nightly tour from uh basically two into early january, it's gonna be part of, it's gonna be downtown. Parts of downtown will come to light with uh an art walk and that way tech is behind this and putting this on, so that'll be fun, fascinating. Um and it will be a great experience for the family to come down and look at this interactive light based art pieces um that are unique um and uh will be very cool to see. So, come on downtown to check it out, starts tomorrow actually. Um Now we have an ice rink this year back this year and it's, it's gonna, it's at the red hat amphitheater and so that's exciting. Um It is um just about every day open and um we've got some cold weather so that makes it even more fun to get over there and uh to ice skate, so that's exciting again. That's at the red Hat amphitheater uh Night of Lights at Dix Park is going to be back again this year and that's gonna be exciting. We're gonna deal with the traffic better than well. Hi everybody, I believe councilman Burnett is having some technical difficulties and he will come back online. I think there was just one more announcement that he wanted to make, just some holiday fun here going on in Raleigh um with the Night of lights and I'll share a link here in the chat. Um If anybody had any questions for counseling tonight, um you can feel afraid to send those to me in the chat. I will also share his city email address if you'd like to reach out to him after the meeting by email. Mr Knight looks at all his email and get back to you personally. Um And then um if you want to receive emails from Mr Knight in the future, you could drop your email address in the chat to me and I'll make sure that he gets it. Um He is coming back online now. Yeah, so give him just a minute, We won't keep you all much longer. We do typically wrap these up by 8:00 PMclock council tonight. Can you hear me? There we go. There we go. One computer went out, so I'm using another now. I'll cut this one off, honey and I guess. Okay. Are you there left off? We're throughs there. Um, and I apologize for that. Um, did we get to the events coming up in december? Yes, I think you were on the last one, the night of Lights at Dicks Meghan. I think you were getting to the last one, The night of Lights at Dix Park. The night of Lights and Dix Park is back again. So that's exciting. And the mantra is more lights, more nights and fewer cars. So the traffic will be jake's Park at this time of the year. So look forward to that. There's a lot of one, everybody, we had the menorah lighting um monday and I was honored to be part of that with the mayor. And that was exciting and uh, I think I'd say, and being able to get out and about more than this year then we last year. So looking forward to that. And I'll turn it over to Megan if there are any audiences. Uh um, No, I don't see any questions from the audience now puts them in. Um, I try to get to them quickly. But I did ask everybody while you had some technical difficulties too, send their email address if they wanted to get on your email list. Um, and then I was going to share your student email address and I wanted to reach out after the meeting. Okay. I can. You're going out of mine my computer. I'm not sure if it's I think it maybe zoom fatigue for everybody. I don't know way down. Can you hear me? I can. But it's breaking up. Strip, it's happened to everybody or just to me and the chief, I'm not sure what's going on and maybe overload, it seemed tonight. I'm not sure. We obviously have my team. I'm gonna wrap it up. You can always reach me at my email address or give me a call. Um Thank you all for all that you are doing out there as residents of the city and district. He um stay in touch and everybody have a great thanks everybody for joining us. Uh huh. Mhm.