By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 5, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- With Tallahassee's Bond Neighborhood seeing a decrease in crime, the community is coming together to honor the efforts of the Tallahassee Police Department.
"We're doing that because it's time, we're doing this because it's the right thing to do," said Jacqueline Perkins, Chair of the neighborhood's crime and safety prevention committee.
Perkins helped develop the Bond Neighborhood First Plan, which includes a focus on public safety. She said through efforts to work hand in hand with TPD, the neighborhood is seeing great success. And, over the last year TPD has stepped up community policing in the area, specifically with its COPPS Squad, which is tasked with enhancing community relations.
"We supported the cameras, we support any efforts they have with community policing. And we know that the neighborhood has been improved tremendously," said Perkins. "Everybody is happy. We are all excited to know that we have reduced crime in our neighborhood and that we're working together. And so while it's not perfect and anything can be improved, we're on our way."
Efforts by the COPPS Squad can include biking through the
neighborhood, talking with residents, playing basketball with children and more. All, to help forge a stronger bond and prevent crime.
"It's more than just seeing a cop in a car, you're seeing them on a bike, or playing basketball," said COPPS Squad member Austin Kauffman, who patrols in Bond. "We can go out on any given day and bike or walk through the community and really feel the support."
Some long time residents said they can really tell the difference.
"I thank the lord for the police. Because if it wasn't for the police, I'd dig a hole and get in it," said Bond resident Larry Murray.
However, instead of holding a ceremony, Murray said there is a better way to honor the police department. That is by helping the police in any way you can.
"If I do what I'm supposed to do to help the police and help Bond, I'm honoring the police," he said.