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Task Force fighting crime in Selma

As city residents and the Selma Police Department continue to battle crime in Selma, a town hall meeting was held Tuesday to discuss the issue.

The crime task force led the meeting with four recommendations to the Selma City Council:

Police department analysis

Curfew

Noise

They also discussed the success of a neighborhood watch program.

Task force co-chairman Billy Atchison recommended that the Selma Police Department be subjected to an analysis by a professional person or firm who has knowledge of the departments of comparable size.

On the issue of noise violations, Task Force member Gene Hisel recommended that the noise violations be handled with some citizen involvement.

Citizens would call the police department with the violator’s tag number and car description.

The police department would send the violator a letter as a warning.

Upon repeated offense, the violator would get a call from the police department, following with a visit on the third offense.

Making suggestions to the council on E-911 was Task force member Dennis Rutledge.

Rutledge made six recommendations concerning E-911operators, including stress management training, customer service training and security measures like ID cards for employees.

Co-chairman Barbara Brown recommended a curfew ordinance for children not to be allowed on the streets between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The exceptions would be emancipated minors or minors accompanied by an adult.

These suggestions show that the Crime Task Force is taking its role seriously and bringing recommendations to the citizens, as well as government entities.

Now it’s up to city government to take the next step in implementing the plan.