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Miami Gardens leaders adopt no tolerance pledge initiative

Strive to enhance safety and quality of life at further reducing violence

Miami Times staff report | 8/8/2013, 2:18 p.m.

Recently, the City of Miami Gardens Council members agreed to adopt a No Tolerance pledge for the City and residents aimed at further reducing violence, illegal activities and promoting increased involvement in community programs. The For the Children Sake campaign, which is sponsored by Councilwoman Felicia Robinson, Seat 4, takes effect immediately.

Acknowledging too many lives have been lost to gun violence, future success lost to school drop-outs and the disruption of communities due to illegal drug activity, Councilwoman Robinson responded to calls from community members to take a stand. Much of the information gathered came as a result of the Meet Me Mondays program, in which Robinson meets with community members every second Monday each month for discussion and feedback regarding resident concerns. “I grew up in this community. I love this community and I know if we really want to have a safe and prosperous community we have to be a part of it," explained Councilwoman Felicia Robinson. “I’m going to continually do things to engage our residents. This pledge is a way of placing your name to something of value.”

For the Children Sake campaign calls on residents to take a stand, by adopting their own No Tolerance pledge. The pledge form asks supporters to make a family commitment to non-violence, to provide for adequate supervision of youngsters at all times, becoming more involved in community groups and organizations, partnering with church and/or school programs to encourage positive learning activities and working more closely with the Miami Gardens Police Department to prevent and solve violent crimes.

Through the campaign, community members will be able to apply to serve as a patrol of the community to participate in the safety.

For the Children Sake is the latest in a series of City initiatives responding to calls from the community to enhance the safety and quality of life issues for Miami Gardens. Mayor Oliver Gilbert, in his 2013 State of the City Address, outlined plans to enhance City parks offering state of the art educational and science programs for youth and seniors. Forging strong partnerships with the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney, the Miami Gardens Police Department is credited with an aggressive campaign to get weapons off the streets and is actively engaged in several Community Policing programs. Combined efforts show a 40 percent reduction in crime since the Department was established in 2007.