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For the Record:
In July 2007 consultants hired by The Mentoring Center (Oakland) made recommendations to the City of Richmond city council regarding strategies most likely to generate successful impacts towards reducing the city's historical epidemic rates of gun violence;
In July 2007 the Richmond City Council chose and ratified their decision to create the Office of Neighborhood Safety, a non law enforcement investment to reducing gun violence; The ONS was "NOT" founded by the RPD, just to be clear
The ONS has 10 "full time" staff (thats all) which includes only 7 "outreach workers" for a city with a 103,000 population; and more than 200 people who might be involved in gun violence at any given time;
According to the city's finance department, the ONS is funded $1.2M from the city's general fund in 2013-14, I have heard the ONS director say that the ONS requires at minimum $3M to adequately functional considering the need and demand for what it does (ONS be proud of what you've helped to accomplish given your task with the crumbs you've been provided);
I am curious (chief magnus) how many murders has your department solved since your arrival on your white horse, I recently read somewhere that it wasnt many. How does this fact impact a sustained reduction and stoppage of gun play - folks dont feel protected and they feel that they can get away with it - because they are...(what most dont understand is that the ONS wouldnt have such a large population demanding its services if RPD closed more firearm cases);
I am one who has grown increasingly fatigued by how law enforcement in general, local politicians and irrelevant clergy and community members suck all of the air of success and credit for reductions in gun play in Richmond, and how they allow the ONS to be maligned and treated as some step child or as inconsequential in the matter (this is unacceptable people);
I am however appreciative of how the ONS without a lot of fanfare works effectively in such inconvenient circumstances, with the most dangerous individuals, in the most dangerous neighborhoods at the most dangerous times in Richmond. ONS staff never toot their own horns, they've never claimed victory (chief magnus). In fact Ive read that they give any credit to the young men that they serve for any successes achieved in reducing gun play;
Finally, everyone in the Rich needs to eventually understand this truth: How Richmond spends its time and money will determine the shape of its chickens coming home to roost. This is the most UNFRIENDLY city in the bay area to its future - our youth. There is no sustaining reductions in gun violence when the current city budget barely provides for it in real opportunities for those involved in gun violence, and where most of its other investments communicate anti-youth development, anti-kids, etc.
You need to get it right about "what Richmond is getting right"
A Concerned Richmond Resident
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