New mayor speaks on Durham rising crime rates
Durham's newest mayor, Elaine O'Neal, holds her first press conference to talk about her plan to make the Bull City safer and more affordable.
I'm looking forward to learning more about that work and ensure that priorities reflect our values and continue to align with community needs from public safety to employment housing. I know that these issues are urgent families are looking for answers relief. We are committed to complete Yeah intelligently intention to develop community involved solution. We will not be performed action oriented and results driven. We will send the bosses of those our help the most. As I said during my remarks monday night, we must make every neighborhood safe. We have to get illegal guns ST More than 200 people have been shot at running this year and nearly I think 44 1 really we have to stop shooting and we cannot have another killer in our city. I am praying well that All 300 plus down well have a safe holiday season. I'm asking let us show the country the world that we can have a safe holiday season without what violent incident. I know that's a tall order. We are great people and we can do that. So we know that crime is a symptom many social ills is now quarter of a housing issue, the public health issue, the job correction. And we have to must reimagine public safety beyond law enforcement are they can't do about and we must continue the challenging but essential work. A forging partnership, the community government. This of course law enforcement to help create a term that insane for every Now having a safe city requires a functioning nine system is the umbilical cool to our emergency service and I can announce today that we are partnering with Durham Tech to develop a non Canada to provide high quality standardized tests training. I'm sorry two prepare our students and individual to serve as now on this path. There will be more coming on that. But I didn't want to let you know the president J. P. But will be meeting really and we will talk about that others. All right. Sabrina come that we are facing that arena. I do believe that we have a great novel system. Well, we to make Yeah and out ask that you allow to do that number workers are your neighbors too. So they need support as we try to deal with that situation. If we're going to successfully addressed rising balance in there, we have to develop it Tuesday prepare those acceptable to engage in crime job. Many of our stress citizens are ready and talking with him and but they've had no trust you know, and so we have to be a relational, Do this for 24 years. I know a lot of those young people, I do believe that they trust me but I do believe that we must of extra to make sure that they feel that they are part of this pretty and that they so we will center those who are closest to the pain hurt and saying that campaign and I will keep reiterating those closest to the pain must be closest to the power. But a lot of that is not done public because you are building relations. How continue those efforts that really start. The other thing we have to do is we have to Quantum. What I need when we talk about affordable housing. That is a nebulous hazy turn. It means something and then it means nothing. What does it mean to have affordable house enduring? We know that we have persons who need public, but we also have a working a group of workers who are in need housing as well. Teachers release them. Ah Sienna Oh, who probably some work right here in city hall who was struggling to find portable decent house. If you work in the city four h 40 hours a week, you should be able to live safely indecently in our city. That is a tall order. We did not get here overnight, Get out overnight, but it is certainly something that we can no longer hide behind her. We have to plan. So as I get ready to prepare to tour our city uh facilities, I'm also going to ask you as rural residence to look at your neighborhood, make the invisible visible. I need for you to see your name to help us. Quantum what it is that we need similarly. So an affordable housing. Why we definitely in front of, I have spoken with officials at the university, we'll be speaking with officials at north Carolina Central University and we hope to be able provide a two a survey sometimes to help quantify. We cannot put that on backs our city officials. That means neighborhood driven. We must get those numbers from our neighborhood. So I asked you to prepare for that because I meeting To be your mayor for two years. You saw me take that whole, but I'm asking you there. You don't each and every one of also make a similar to your city. So I will be asked city think about it now for at least 2.5 to 5 hours. I am disturbed per week. Beginning in january. Tell you To make our city three and I need to, you do that outside of your normal sir. I'm outside of my normal service. I've been holding another arena going to ask you to do the same. Now here listening, watching Yes to do the same. We have to be transferred in our communication to you all what we're doing to address all of these issues based community and I to do the same. This is a two way street. We must begin to work together. I am a collaborative leader. If my intellect is the ceiling and we're already in trouble. Right? Say that again. My intellect silly that were already, there are plenty of experts in all kinds of rain that does not require a college degree or education. You can be an expert according to a legal term. If you have knowledge beyond no one you can. So I need for everybody to figure out what they're an expert in and we use their expertise to make our city better call. Take all. I asked for you to have a little patience with me and grace alert this new job as mayor of the city of Durham, I've said this in the pool but bears repeating, I love this city. I love german, I promise to serve our city well into the best of my ability but I need for you to give me some grace understand that I yeah, how to be a man I am first of all most committed to speaking with our city employees. I plan to of the building today and I will be out and about internal legal over this holiday season. So you may not see me because that's how I work. I am maybe uh huh. Workaholic at time but I'm also very results oriented and as a judge, I've been trained to listen so that best we'll be doing a lot of that and learning to walk these snakes a couple of weeks as I try to learn city hall and all of our employees as many Can you know 2000 how am there later too. So I need to establish a relationship with them so that they understand that I due to me so what and I turn my tips internally for to get people who are working 24 hours a day. Do you know they were this city somebody 24 hours a day for us. I am just fascinated by what tomorrow about how original works and believe me, you're Working 24 7 it was out what they do and personal appreciate it. So over the next weeks and months my team and I will be reaching out invading a community once again to begin the attack. Mhm The solutions on the right fit for me. I don't know, don't even pretend. But I know that together we all know about and we are mm treatment. So my Yeah. So no chris hogan have reached out For one on 1 interview. I will be No, not yet. Today will be like I said internally the next month, right. I will make myself available to speak because each of you soon. And that will conclude my opening remarks now. Mhm. A couple of questions but jay, I am liar. Mhm Yeah, it's me problem. That's right. Talked about mm fine. The bible priority of course. First report it is for Yeah. And sex or Yeah. Lot form your approach to tackling by the first question is absolutely yes. I think I'll stop salary. I've seen it man. Mhm. First step. Mhm. Receiving my Yeah. Up to there. Right. 30 No. To think about what they on a daily basis concerns my background forms this arena. Yeah, it's it's where I stayed is where I live four years. See across the state of you're here and two particular arena and this is probably me to run twice. Young people were just as involved. Also those families, other areas of want me to come out and retire. Sit down my learn to sail back in here and invited me. So thanks. If stations to run house the account down the steps. Yeah. Now that part I am right. I have had one day of orientation. I am you are first meeting sort of another night and we had issues for me ended that I defer until I am training. I think that tell you or and that that's. Uh huh. Sure that they tell me. Mhm. Process health and I can't wait to be trained Institute of Government. I'm here for me with that price. No. To deal too far into the weeds Until I Yeah. What kind of me do and not how what government? I'm trained as a lawyer. Tell you lawyers use the Iraq. I've always, yeah, get it differently issues group now. Mhm. So right now. Yeah. For me, what rules will govern my behavior? Mhm. Nobody is. I think we all he's but until this the to the government tells me what rules govern your behavior and how are you to act along staff bird? Yes. Right. Yeah. Oh, with a little there was something. Yeah. Mm hmm. See it. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. About three questions. No question. Uh huh. I'm slowing you down request. So because we want to have a child. Thanks to him. We got to do much driving records like I told you you gotta take me okay and I will be there. I want it is to answer something that incorrectly or without thought because thoughtfully questions that you ask question club the answers to and I want to be respected. How have time to gauge it. So that blurry your first question. That's it lisa. And do we need now? We had a briefing yesterday and forgive me I'm out. Right. But we had a briefing yesterday the orientation, the council of the region tonight had again on yesterday with police chief and I think what 78 I have worked with Say it over 24 senior behavior they operate been out around have to judge So yes believe that we need to feel like every society. Mhm. Right has laws and morals and there are people would have hold those laws. Yeah. If you're going to be a civil society. Right. And we are fortunate in Durham County. I'll tell you that I the former colleague commissioner which is the commission on accreditation. Lawrence was my age critic. All of the law enforcement agencies international. As well as Master Durham is very fortunate and that all of our laura many agencies are actually a pretty and now gm yesterday this question has been posing in my mind. Yes, I'm not one. Well they found Khalid. They are So we have to we have questions. It's there. We have to we have to have the body actually have to have going and right and makes you our communities and we relax to do that. So when And you have to have healthy police have to be a health committee and I told no. Right. So our police officers have so they can't work two or three shift at a time, they'd have to have So if our vacancies yeah, that have to address Ben, please. Right in this space we call thanks salary. And it they are taking care mentally, physically and fact you're gonna need So your second question revolving around Alison, I believe. Tommy and And I've seen them. There is another area that I know very little about. The housing arena has been one of the biggest areas that I'm trying to figure out. No two learn best. I started in housing school in january with various experts I am still in But that is one area that built into a lot. So I be able to answer any questions related to talent and how. But I'll keep it in mind. I've got some questions. All right. So, it's kind of going off the mall shooting. Okay. We know why no arrest. They really know what to call for help. The other quarter. Yeah. Tell us what that process is going to look like a graduate graduate in England. Get this done The 911 secretary. First about the mark questions they come there. So the mouth should be reiterated. So no one no responsibility. People won't know now in our in our briefing on yesterday I was being trained and introduced car. My understanding that a further briefing sure whether we talk about things I believe that we will be introduced to a report mark patient and I do believe that police chief will be back on friday again with further information. So that's I wish I cannot. It's the day actually mirror now maybe. Well, yeah. No, make sure first. Hi pretty sure name. Okay me but you to remember one thing to confederates. She's new to. You just got and it takes a while to kind of learn culture of any organization. You all know we all have jobs started. I don't know basic and there is a learning her I don't want to prove, wow. And it also has town urging left. She's a human. Mhm. Well so you have then to be able to figure out what she and so racing know that she has know her that she's working really the first african man. But I ask you to remember season she's not even morning. He'll be someone you know. Yeah. Give her a moment. She her absence will make sure that she has support. Does she also remain. Yeah. And to what's going and that thing. Mhm. She's trying favorite along the extraordinary just what? Huh four what? This is very preliminary. Preliminary. I've had a total of maybe two conversations. You bet the media. My third question okay. Marketing with the survey chicks. Okay. one of the things that I from the top. Yeah. Is that we don't have a really good right count have not been able to crunch certain arena. I talked with the house two principal the last couple of and the numbers that they're giving me about. I'm not okay living with others. And when you talk energy leaders about chronic mhm chronic nature. Mhm. Here get out. Never had a stable they become invisible. We have to climb. But that's not that can't be government driven because most of these people no, they have no trust. And so we're not able to count and you really don't need two count there. But we have to have a basic day can be integrated society at the levels that they you can feel free. But that's not necessarily true that they car. So the first thing that we have is to figure out how to engage them in a process that will allow to figure out how to feel that thanks look out. What do you and how we right we know we have a lot of but there space that now mm learn what they need to learn job and intimate. Right? So some of our local to develop really really survey questions anybody in the city kidnapped. And it's not just focused on how when in the streets. Only about 10. And I'm sure what those are going to be kind of late laid it out and then what to do so that we can began to gather information that is community trip. Be able to undress these different situations and put quality and quantity around. So Duke University and then Durham Tech, we'll be looking at that. Which is not President Bush meeting this week. I wonder if you folks outside and see how that I was. There's a sense of urgency around Yeah. How are you until what that looks like meeting? We've had an air cav but I am not prepared the details like we do have to begin created uh pipelines. You have one last question from the mama to be neighborhood wrap this. Mm hmm. The country back. Right. Users, that was your idea. Mhm. What into the Well, you know, I will not take any credit for all ideas. I'm a very collapse see it. And so some of these ideas have bubbled up from relation. Uh and so we have media ideas but I know that that was one to kind raft stuck with me that we do. We I have always been used oriented person and I'm always looking for ways where were take out train, train them create high prize for them and they're taking is a wonderful institute and they always stand ready to just think so I I can't take credit for all of that collaborative leader and I use the expert. Yeah. In our community. Like I said, if I'm gonna steal it there, yeah. Have a lot of right here mm across this community. And so we're going to use that expertise. And I thank you all for being here today and being so gracious in your question. And right now I gotta go to work. All right, thank you. You got to do this? Yes. What? We have two meetings with their over the net. They run in our warranty, one of the first station and she happens to be back. Crime. Yeah. No. See. Mhm. On our account. Two problems around. Mhm. Mm. Thank you. I appreciate it, appreciate it. All right. I appreciate that. Thank you. Think. Boom, boom. I appreciate you. All right. Take care now. 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