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Zone 3 Public Safety Council will take the show on the road again


February 27, 2018

The monthly Zone 3 Public Safety Council meetings are “going on the road,” said president Ken Wolfe at the Feb. 19 meeting.

The tentative sites for future meetings are Beltzhoover, Knoxville, and Carrick. 

While the March 19 meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the usual site -- the Zone 3 police station, 830 E. Warrington Ave. – the May 21 meeting is tentatively planned for Beltzhoover, and the June 18 meeting at Kingdom Life Fellowship in Knoxville. 

The Sept. 17 safety council meeting is tentatively planned for the Concord Elementary School auditorium in Carrick. 

The Zone 3 meetings will not be held in April or October due to city-wide public safety zone council meetings on April 18 and Oct. 17. The April 18 topic will be mental health and, specifically, trauma. 

The city-wide meetings will be held in Teamsters Hall in Lawrenceville beginning at 6 p.m.

Although the Zone 3 Public Safety Council will not hold a formal meeting in October, Mr. Wolfe said it will be doing something in recognition of its being Fire Prevention Month. 

The meeting began with the news that the 20th annual “Biscuits Bingo” fundraiser for local animal organizations, and presented by the Pittsburgh Police, is sold out of its 600 tickets. 

The event will be held on March 3 at the IBEW Hall Local #5, 5 Hot Metal St., South Side. The IBEW donates the space. 

“It’s really unbelievable,” organizer Zone 3 community relations Officer Christine Luffey said of the event’s growth the past two decades. 

Doors open at 10 a.m., and bingo starts at noon. Admission is $25. Attendees are encouraged to bring a pet food item to donate and to qualify to play a special game. 

There will be refreshments, raffles, Chinese auction, gift baskets, and more. Almost one-half million dollars has been raised throughout the years with Biscuits Bingo. 

Next, Zone 3 Commander Karen Dixon said that, in 2017, there was a nine percent decrease in Part 1 crimes; 21 percent decrease in robberies; and an 11 percent decrease in thefts from vehicles. 

“We’re hoping to maintain and improve upon,” she said. 

A police body camera was displayed. They are magnetic, and pick up audio also. The cameras are active when responding to a call, and those involved in the matter are told they are being recorded. 

To a question of what happens to the audio and video recording, the commander said it goes into the server and storage. 

On another topic, group vice-president Liz Style said to let her know if anyone wanted certain topics addressed. She is trying to think of ways to thank first responders for their service.

The month of May will feature National Police Week, National EMS Week, and National Firefighters Week. Mr. Wolfe said he is looking to partner with Commander Dixon and the zone on these events. 

Next, group secretary Donna Williams said she, Ms. Style, and Mr. Wolfe are working on an informational calendar that will list all of the South block watch meetings, and will be on-line. 

She is requesting neighborhood block watches plan their events months in advance so they can be listed on the calendar. 

In announcements, Jeff Brown, community outreach specialist in the city’s Dept. of Public Safety, reported a free child seat safety check will be held on March 8. 

A certified child passenger safety technician will check child seat installation in vehicles at no cost. The location will be 22nd and Liberty Avenue 15222, from 10 a.m. -1:30 p.m., and it is by appointment only by calling 412-255-2450. The event is sponsored by Pittsburgh EMS and Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. 

Knoxville Community Council will hold its next meeting on March 7 at St. Paul AME Church, 400 Orchard Place. 

The annual National Night Out that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie will be held on Aug. 7. 

Ms. Style said the commander and other officials would be meeting soon to plan St. Patrick’s Day safety measures. 

Debbie Morgan, who co-conducted a block watch in Arlington years ago, said she is trying to get it started again. She also reported her community’s spray park is expected to hold its grand opening in April.

The next meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council will be on March 19.


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