Public Health & Safety

Shelter in Place

I see Orange County plans a Shelter in Place statement starting Friday 6PM. Anyone have the details? Our neighborhood (Kings Mill Morgan Creek) has created a daily Zoom noon on line get together. Anyone else?

Hurricane

Sounds like it is time for new folks to hear old stories of Hurricane Fran (1996) and get ready for Hurricane Florence (2018). (We were 3 blocks from Franklin St without electricity for 6 days with a 6 month old baby. We used a lot of our backpacking gear. The neighbors, student rental, had 4 cars crushed by trees. We escaped any damage except our landlord spent the next 6 months cutting up for fire wood the oak that fell in our back yard.) The latest headline now says "potentially catastrophic category 4!" I'll put in a plug for the NC Standard Course of Study which includes the high school course of Earth and Environmental Science which I taught (along with biology, chemistry etc.) at the soon to be remodelled Chapel Hill High School. I always warned students when they live on their own to figure out if their rental is in the flood plain. We also talked about hurricane preparedness and the dangers of crossing flooded roads and bridges. I hope the hype for this storm is wrong but....

Citizen's Police Academy: September 10th, 2016

The Carrboro Police Department will be running our next Citizen's Police Academy on September 10th, 2016 at the Carrboro Police Department.  I'll be the lead instructor during the academy and numerous other officers will be on hand to assist with different blocks of instruction.  The basic format for the Citizen's Police Academy is listed below:

  • Classroom lecture on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, law enforcement operations & procedures and vital department statistics.
  • Hands-on activities including fingerprint lifting, K-9 demonstrations, vehicle demonstrations, etc.
  • Scenarios involving roleplayers where participants will get to act as police officers and respond to calls for services based on real calls we've responded to.

Lunch will be provided as part of the Academy.

Carrboro Police Department is now on Orange Politics

Officer D here; this is my first post on Orange Politics!

For those of you who don't know me, I'm a member of the Carrboro Police Department's Community Services Division.  One of my primary assignments is to create, organize and complete Community Oriented Policing (COPS) initiatives.  Our current major COPS initiatives are the Police Department Open House (next event--June 22nd from 6:30 PM to 8 PM) and the Citizen's Police Academy (September 10th, all day).  Current ongoing initiatives are Coffee with the Cops, Kava with the Cops, Neighborhood Forums, Pizza with the Police and other similar events.

I'll be periodically posting officer profiles, announcing major events and attempting to keep people posted on what's going on with the Carrboro Police Department!

The Wrong Post-Storm Priorities in Chapel Hill

Many thanks to the Chapel Hill News for reporting on the issue of street and sidewalk cleaning. It would have been nice if some of the people who were critical of the town's response to cleaning sidewalks can be interviewed, but I understand that time is short. One thing that I think everyone would agree on is that the folks in public works at the Town of Chapel Hill have been working (and are continuing to work) very hard on cleaning streets. So, thanks to them.

I find it unfortunate that the reflexive response to the call for better sidewalk maintenance is "who is going to pay for it." I'm not aware that anyone on twitter or elsewhere has been arguing that the town should be responsible for clearing all the sidewalks the way it (and the NC Department of Transportation) is responsible for clearing roads. The issue is that there's a large gap between what the town does now, which excacerbates the problems people have when they're trying to walk, and what the town could do without assuming responsibility for clearing all the sidewalks.

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