By Denise Mraz
Las Vegas Tribune
Volunteers working 15,000 hours a month are the key to the success of reduced crime in the Chinatown corridor.
The area runs from 1-15 all the way to Rainbow and is centered on Spring Mountain Road. Captain Steve Connell of the Spring Valley Area Command credits the cameras and residents through PAC (Protect the Asian Community), who chip in thousands of hours to combat smash-and-grab gang crime that overwhelmed the area this summer.
The scheme involved slow rolling cars or a car and two or three assailants mainly testing doors, or smashing to grab bags, purses or electronics, even petty cash, left visible in the console of the vehicles. The businesses banded together and invested a whopping $17,000.00 in cameras all along the corridor connected to the Fusion Center, where surveillance and law enforcement come together in Las Vegas. Metro indicated the effort has reduced auto burglary by 50 percent since the program began in late September.
The Metro budget, a $1B annual spend for the County also profits from the venture, saving cash on hours worked, pensions, equipment and other ancillary costs, when volunteers donate their time, money and effort walking approximately 60 miles a month. Julia Mooney “Moon” stated the “volunteers saved Metro thousands of dollars.” She walks at least 40 miles a month and delivers the sponsored newsletter paid for by local businesses in the form of advertising sponsors. The businesses are charged by the volunteer association run by Metro for their newsletter.
Even at 15,000 hours monthly, adding up to 180,000 hours annually of volunteer time served, Moon is right on track regarding cost savings to the department. Even at a straight $25 an hour (not counting ancillary retirement, union, equipment, training, and all other expenses, the hours annually represent a hefty savings of $4,500,000.)
Community policing will continue to grow as increased residency across the valley inherently will result in more crime. Captain Steve Connell applauded the program as proactive, since “We can’t arrest our way out of crime.” Most people would agree, except for the ‘soft on crime’ sanctuary by Sheriff Lombardo, who has evicted I.C.E from the county
jail, citing an appellate court case in California, claiming he “wants to be more like California.” Appellate courts merely render opinions on such matters, they don’t make law.
Another added benefit to the patrol is the assistance to the homeless, which have no cooling stations or warm beds in the district. It’s widely known the homeless population in urban centers like Los Angeles suffer from contagious biohazard-related issues, and when they are escorted by police in squad cars, everyone after that is exposed to
any biohazard that may have been present. Bubonic plague, typhoid fever and other highly contagious pathogens have been identified by the Center for Disease control, across the nation, but have gone unreported by mainstream media. Currently, LVMPD give the homeless a ride to the shelters, so they may have their needs tended to. TSAoCAA at 6125 Spring Mountain Road hosts the ‘Boba with a Cop’ monthly; more information on the volunteer program can be obtained from Sharon Harding at Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Should Boba be “Ride”
By Denise Mraz