MANATEE - Manatee County Neighborhood Services is inviting county and municipal law enforcement, code enforcement and nuisance abatement offices to take part in a community safety and neighborhood crime prevention meeting Oct. 15.
Working with organizational representatives from the cities of Palmetto and Bradenton, Manatee County Neighborhood Services Director Cheri Coryea hopes the group will form a new plan to combat suspicious activity in and around abandoned homes and properties that can be hot spots for criminal activity.
“The meeting is intended to identify existing problems, with subsequent meetings set to prioritize the issues from a law and code enforcement perspective, formulize strategies and coordinate the information with the other organizations that are also addressing the crime problem,” Coryea said. “We recognize, and fully support what other government offices, community organizations and agencies are doing throughout the community to address this problem. It is our intention to jointly work with them and assist in coordinating all of our findings and recommendations with them.”
The meeting has been in the works since the summer, but officials doubled their efforts to make it happen after a spate of community violence that left two local teens dead.
“Because of the recent shooting tragedies, it is very important that we join together and move forward with such an undertaking to address neighborhood safety,” said Coryea.
The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 15 in room 502 of Manatee County Administrative Center, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
For more information, call Coryea at (941) 749-3029 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.