Can 'My Life Matters' campaign save Miami Gardens?

Carla St.Louis | 1/16/2014, 9 a.m.
2013 was a tumultuous year for the residents of the City of Miami Gardens and their police department. The South’s ...
The initiative includes a flashy website, Miami Gardens 111, that acts as a portal for Miami Gardens 110,000-plus population to access resources on topics like strengthening . . . Photo by Miami Times Illustration

Titled, “Crime in the United States Report 2012,” the report indicated reduction in murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft.

While everyone who was polled admitted they don’t feel safe in their own community.

“I don’t feel safe right now,” said Jackson Roberson. “Everyone worries about the violence in the area.”

But residents are still skeptical of the City’s new crime ranking. “I know numbers can be misleading,”said Dennom. “Lets look at the national figures because it could be that crime is rising everywhere as well.”

Plan for 2014, reduce crime

For 2014, the City has an active plan to rebuild its relationship with residents and the police department.

“We are moving forward and working to build the City of Miami Gardens to a higher level,” said City Manager Cameron Benson.  We are working hard to make that happen in our effort to build a stronger, safer and better community.”

They’re continuing Coffee with the Cops sessions, regular meetings with business owners and residents where they can directly voice their concerns. The City’s furthering the civic engagement process by opening a dialogue at City Hall for the community.

“Our plan for 2014 to further the crime reduction is to conduct enforcement based on crime trends and information while committing to strategies to engage the community,” said Miller. “These strategies will help to instill a cooperative effort towards our goal to solve and ultimately stop criminal activity.”

On January 18th the City will host a peace rally & community resource fair from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Betty Ferguson Sports Complex and a non-violence summit by councilmen Erhabor Ighodaro and Rodney Harris that’s scheduled for January 14th from 10 am to 12:30 pm at Miami Carol City Senior High School.

For more information about the “My Life Matters” campaign, visit http://miamigardens111.com

To read the report in full, log on to http://bit.ly/1auw69T