**The Safety Workshop is canceled due to IcePocalypse 2017. Will be rescheduled.**
There will be a Neighborhood Safety Workshop on Saturday January 14th at DuBourg High School. All are welcome (and encouraged) to attend. Click on the flyer below for more info.
There have been lots of social media posts recently about crime in our neighborhood. I’m not sure if we’re seeing a spike in actual crime, or if the crime reporting tools are getting better so we’re all just becoming better informed, but in any case there is something you can do about it.
North Hampton* participates in the Circuit Attorney’s Neighborhood Ownership Model (NOM) program. At least on paper, we do. In reality we struggle to find committed volunteers – especially those that would be willing to take on any leadership or organizational roles. We have a police officer assigned to our neighborhood who tracks crime for us, and is a resource we can reach to if we have concerns. We are at risk of losing him as a resource because the participation in the NOHA NOM has been so low.
The NOM is a program that at a minimum, tracks court cases for crimes in our neighborhood and lets us write an “impact statement” that is used with bail hearings or sentencing. It can be much more than that, though. We can make it into whatever we need it to be – but we have to have volunteers to get there.
You can sign up here to get on the email list, and take on a role that needs to be filled. We need your help.
*North Hampton is the Tilles Park and Kingshighway Hills neighborhoods. We’re in this together.
The Kingshighway Hills Neighborhood Association is joining forces with Tilles Park Neighborhood Association to participate in the Circuit Attorney’s Neighborhood Ownership Model Program.
What is the Neighborhood Ownership Model?
The NOM is a program from the Circuit Attorney’s office that seeks to increase the level of active ownership that citizens take in their own neighborhoods. Criminals often target neighborhoods where they know that the crimes will be ignored, or the neighborhood is less likely to fight back. With tools from the NOM program, neighborhoods have more information on the crime that affects them, and also a voice in process when criminals are prosecuted. You can visit the CAO site to learn more about the NOM program.
Why did we choose to partner with TPNA?
The City of St. Louis does not recognize Kingshighway Hills or Tilles Park as separate neighborhoods. Officially, we are recognized together as North Hampton. There is also value to pooling our volunteer resources together, so a partnership makes a lot of sense either way.
What can I do to help?
The NOM program starts with getting trained. The CAO office holds regular training sessions where you can be introduced to NOM resources and what you’ll be able to do as a part of the program.
Once you are trained, there are various roles that you will be able to help our neighborhood fill:
- Write impact statement letters that can be used in a prosecution
- Help get signatures for letters we want to submit (at meetings, happy hours?)
- Be a point of contact for the SLMPD or CAO
- Be a point of contact for your neighbors
- Use the online court tools to track cases relevant to our neighborhood
- Coordinate related efforts like installing better alley lighting or home security cameras
I want to help out. What do I do next?
The first thing to do is attend a NOM training. The next one scheduled is Thursday October 1st, 6:30p at the Buder Library. You must RSVP if you are interested; you can do that using this online form.