yellow dr martens boots Reporter Raychel Vendetti rides along with an officer of Erie’s
Erie chief of Police and Mayor want to strengthen the relationship between the community and its police force.We rode along with Corporal Tom Covatto with the Quebec Unit. He tells us getting more involved in the community and engaging with kids is important. It puts officers in a more positive light, overcoming the negative feelings many pick up at a young age. Covatto says, “to a three and four year old, they kind of get that in their head that, I do anything they are going to lock me up, so its kind of nice that they get to know you and say, there is Officer Tom and today we are going to be with Officer Mike. say it more than just establishing a relationship with the community; it about connecting that community to resources.Tammie Johnson, SafeNet Housing Coordinator, says,
“it a unit that has been around for years, and so have we. so it kind of family, we are a family within itself. And they see us interact with police officers and often time police officers aren people they see in their everyday lives”.SafeNet is one of the many organizations the Quebec Unit works with frequently.Covatto says, “we have a monthly meeting with the tenant managers, SafeNet, adult probation, juvenile probation, and we kind of go over what has been going on”. With the implementation of this Community Policing Model, crime has dropped within public housing by about 70% in the past 24 years.”Most people just want to live in a nice quiet area,” says Covatto,
“and that why we are here to keep the peace and make sure it kind of stays that way”.Mayor Schember hopes the national pilot program the city is participating in with the US Department of Justice can be just as effective as the Quebec Unit. He says he hopes to have the program underway this spring.