May 16, 2013 Commander Bardy hosted the meeting with Frank Young. Attendance was low, so there were few introductory remarks.
Before taking the group through the power point presentation on the current trends/statistics, Commander Bardy made special mention of the Irish Channel arrests made this past week. He noted that he felt confident that the charges would stick, that this would not be a “revolving door” situation, but would rather be resolved with some permanency. He specifically mentioned that there were likely 15 or more murders attributable to the charged/arrested individuals. Notably, Commander Bardy commented that there are two other major cases in the hopper within the 6th District that he hopes will have as significant an impact on criminal activity. He declined to state more, but was clearly very excited about this.
Commander Bardy presented his power point, showing the current criminal trends within the 6th District. In the past week, there were 35 “UCR” Crimes and 4 Persons crimes. He noted that the major uptick in criminal activity was due to simple thefts, and further explained that 3 of the 4 persons crimes were cleared by arrests made. The map he displayed showed two simple thefts in our neighborhood, one on Magazine and Constantinople and another on Tchoupitoulas Street close to Napoleon. He explained that one of these was the theft of a locked/chained bicycle.
Year to Date – our district is still trending downwards in terms of most criminal activity. Of greatest significance, armed robbery is down 60% (year to date) from last year’s activity. Commander Bardy mentioned that this is the most significant indicator of an overall decrease in criminal activity and violence in the city. Armed robbery statistics, according to Commander Bardy, are the most pertinent in evaluating violence within a city because, unlike most other gun crimes, these are criminal acts between two strangers. Thus, he presented this in a positive light for the district and the city. He also noted that the increase in thefts is likely an increase in reported criminal activity, rather than an increase in all criminal activity. He believes this is due to Ronal Serpas’ plea to citizens to be active in reporting crime.
Commander Bardy noted that last week there was an increase in the number of drug-related arrests, but also noted that year to date totals show a decrease in total arrests. He believes this may be related to the overall decrease in criminal activity.
Commander Bardy again went through the breakdown of calls taken to show that the vast majority are non-violent crimes. Of the calls taken, only .78% are for simple battery, and .135% are for aggravated battery by shooting. This actually decreased from last month’s presentation, wherein .15% of the calls were for aggravated battery by shooting.
Finally, Commander Bardy went through the DDACTS (Data Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Stops) – to show how the Sixth District (and others) are evaluating criminal trends, and showing pockets of high activity. Recent trends in our district include police-initiated drug arrests and recent thefts of construction materials. Frank Young noted that the main thefts have been flagstone left in front of construction projects near Coliseum Park. In addition, there are some cases where individuals are dressed in hard hats, safety vests, and approach houses and begin to remove shutters and other architectural details. He advised us to be aware of such activity and I would encourage all of us to know who is involved in what kind of renovation activity at their homes. Frank Young went as far as to say that sometimes these individuals were approached and represented themselves as being “the new contractors” or a “new construction crew.” It is not widespread, but there were three incidents in the past month.
There will be a crime walk with Officer Yolanda Jenkins on May 29, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. meeting at the Post Office.
A brief discussion with a representative from the Police Community Advisory Board took place. He mentioned that the board is still in the preliminary stages, but they are meeting regularly and keeping minutes. The hope is to have something more substantial to roll out within the next few months.
Officer Jenkins noted that NORD is beginning a “Fit For NOLA” program for kids that will take place at Taylor Park. The program will focus on fitness and nutrition. There are no dates yet, but we will be kept in the loop.
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