This is new and Rialto has not had this before, it is something that the New Chief Mark Kling has probably brought with him from Los Angeles and Baldwin Park Police Department where he worked Before in order to gain a feel for what the people in the different area's needs are and what the crimes are, not to mention the complaints that one neighbor has against another, and what basic complaints that one has or what they might be doing right in that area. All of which they would hear at these meetings. I know that the Sheriff's Department Hears these things at our Neighborhood MAC (Municipal Advisory Council) Meetings that we have each month.
These meetings have to be similar to the M.A.C. Meetings of the County, and maybe the Chief took the Idea from the County and he only carries these meetings out each quarter where the County has them each month before each Supervisor's meeting so that the report from the meeting can be fresh in the mind of the Supervisor when the Supervisor's meet Each Month.
The Chief at Rialto has the right idea, but will they use the information that they get from their Citizens to make Rialto a Better place for the citizens to live and work?? That is the question that has to wait to be answered.
Neighbors' parties keeping you up late at night?
Want to start a Neighborhood Watch Program?
If any of these topics spark an interest or if there are other questions about Rialto you want answered, then Area Command meetings are where you should be.
Beginning tonight, the first- quarter Area Command meetings will provide residents an opportunity to share and gather information with the Police Department's area commanders and other city personnel.
Residents are encouraged to attend and participate.
"We want to be able to interact with the community and its citizens more so than we have in the past," said Lt. Joe Cirilo, commander of Area 1.
Issues to be discussed include area-specific crime statistics, new city policies and information on public works, traffic and construction.
"Even if someone from the community attends the meeting and doesn't have a problem they want to talk about, this will give them a chance to know what the future holds in Rialto," said Lt. Reinhard Burkholder, commander of Area 2.
He said that since the community meetings began in July 2006, citizens have been very receptive. The meetings average 30 to 40 people.
"(When) more citizens attending the meetings, we get a better feel of what problems are in the area, and we're able to give them answers and provide a possible solution," Burkholder said."It's a win-win for everyone."
(909) 987-6397, Ext. 425
IF YOU GO
Area 1 meeting:
7 to 8:30 tonight at Preston Elementary, 1750 N. Willow Ave. Information: (909) 820-2594
Area 2 meeting:
7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Curtis Elementary, 451 S. Lilac Ave.
Information: (909) 820-2669
Area 3 meeting:
7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Boyd Elementary, 310 E. Merrill Ave. Information: (909) 820-2647