It’s no secret the comeback of Detroit takes a team effort. ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day will see the culmination of one such team up that will give residents the tools they need to fight crime.
Shirley Burch, leader of Community United for Progress in Northeast Detroit, has teamed up with Crime Stoppers of Michigan multiple times for the betterment of the city. Usually, it was to hang signs and educate people.
The partnership worked so well Burch is brought Crime Stoppers to ARISE Detroit! and specifically to its Neighborhoods Day event. She had been associated with the organization and Neighborhoods Day for nine years and has known its founder, Luther Keith, for longer than that. This year is Neighborhoods Day’s 10th anniversary.
The idea of engaging the community itself with taking a leading role in its legal destiny is what appealed most to Burch. She is a firm believer that every day people can do the right thing and create a momentum to turn around the bad and protect the good. Crime Stoppers of Michigan’s’ mission is to do just that. It has been in Detroit since 1993.
“Crime Stoppers wants to be a part of all events in Detroit. I think if we work together we can make a safer neighborhood.” says Shirley Schuler, communications manager, when asked about why the organization is getting involved in Neighborhood’s Day.
While the group is still firming up just what it will do for Neighborhoods Day, it for sure will help teach people how to be safe year around and show them how to make their safety a personal responsibility.
When Crime Stoppers sets up a table in Dad Butler Park, it will be the first time the organization has participated in Neighborhoods Day, which is now in its 10th year. It is far from the first time they have been involved in the area.
Crime Stoppers has a presence in the park already, with posters that urge people who see misdeeds to report them.
Crime Stoppers of Michigan operates in seven counties in Southeast Michigan including Wayne, Washtenaw, Oakland, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe and St. Clair. Its parent organization is in 22 countries and empowers people to make their safety a personal responsibility. It offers rewards for tips, which are always anonymous, to find dangerous people in their own communities.
One crime victim Crime Stoppers of Michigan work with is a 12-year-old girl named India Williams, who was shot and is now in a wheelchair. She maintains a positive attitude and continues to believe she will walk again. The search for the person who did this is part of why Crime Stoppers does what it does.
Cash rewards for information about major crimes such as abductions and hit-and-runs go as high as $2,500. Rewards for information about lesser crimes are usually around $1,000. The group also have press conferences twice a week to keep people informed. Tips are given to the police department.
To contact Crime Stoppers for tips you can call 1-800-speakup. More information can be found at http://www.1800speakup.org/
Registration for the 10th annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day is now open. Groups and individuals can register at www.arisedetroit.org or phone 313-921-1955. ARISE Detroit! is funded by the Kresge Foundation.
In a day dedicated to reimaging Detroit’s neighborhoods, it is a great idea to include a group that helps empower people to keep them safe and make their neighborhoods better.
The Kresge Foundation is one of ARISE Detroit!’s major funders.