National Night Out tonight/Emeryville seeks Community input on New Police Chief

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Emeryville is an interesting town. We’ve talked about our statistically high level of crime (much fueled by our heavy retail presence) but how there is a relatively low-level of violent crime. We all know this isn’t Mayberry though and dealing with crime is a fact of life. We have to be vigilant and aware of our surroundings and the idea of “Community Policing” requires participation by the community.

Now in its 31st year, tonight is National Night Out across the U.S. “NNO” aims to strengthen communities by establishing a rapport between local law enforcement and neighbors. A program “to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships,” Effectively a Big Block Party with attendance by the local police and city staff. There are several events being held throughout the city where you can pop by and grab a bite and meet your local law enforcement officers and neighbors and express any concerns about unique issues facing your neighborhood.

City Seeks Input on New Police Chief

We can’t say enough good things about our Emeryville Police Department and their response and level of professionalism and much of this was instilled by 16 year Police Chief Ken James. The James Era came to an end though in June and Dave Hall has been serving in the interim to give new City Mananger Carolyn Lehr time to find a permanent replacement. The City has reached out to the community to obtain input as to the “desired characteristics and qualities of the individual” and an email account has been established to receive input. Please submit your thoughts and ideas to COPRecruitment@emeryville.org before Friday August 14th. This community input will be shared with the decision makers and the recruitment panel and the final selection process will occur in late August.

NNO Public Events:

Central E’ville: Doyle-Hollis Park & 5500 Vallejo Street
Park Avenue District: 1518 Park (IFO Shed Salon/East Bay Pilates)
The Triangle: Temescal Creek Park

I’m personally “captaining” my Park Avenue neighborhood event with food graciously donated by Rotten City Pizza and Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe (with a teaser below of the Park Avenue District Logo I’ve been working on). Pop by and say hello to me, my wife & Fiona. Even if you have a busy life and don’t really know anyone, this is an opportunity to do the minimum for your community by showing up. Regardless of the level of criminal activity in you area, all neighborhoods could benefit from a little neighbor interaction.



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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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