MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile Councilwoman Gina Gregory and District Attorney Ashley Rich have reached out to the Racine Avenue community about forming a community action group.
Gregory addressed a letter to the community which has expressed interest in forming a Community Action Group (CAG).
Last Saturday, Wendy Fisher, a woman who lived on Racine Avenue, was shot down outside her home after police say she shouted at a car speeding through the neighborhood to slow down.
Gregory's letter said, "I believe that would be a good proactive step for your community and I highly recommend these neighborhood groups to everyone in our district."
Gregory is looking to model Racine's community action group after one on nearby Athey Road.
"It will keep your neighbors in touch with each other a lot better than completely ignoring the situation. If you don't work united together, it's only going to get worse," said Secretary and Treasurer of Athey Community Action Group, Tom Fillers.
Fillers works with the Athey Road's CAG and said he has seen a decrease in crime in the last 5 years when the group was first implemented.
"It's just like having a security system for your home. The criminal will go somewhere else rather than getting caught. If he knows you have an alarm system, he is likely not to pick on you," Fillers said.
Gregory said CAG's are spearheaded by the Mobile Police Department and an Enhanced Neighborhood Police Officer for the community who attends each meeting to discuss issues, record concerns and complaints and is a liaison for residents with the Police Department.
"We can call to report things when we have questions and concerns and police are very quick to respond to that," Fillers said.
Gregory has invited Racine Drive residents to a meeting of the Athey Road Community Action Group on July 24 so residents get a better idea about the group's operation.
Here is Gregory's letter in full:
I know many of you are still in shock following the senseless shooting of your neighbor Wendy Fisher last Saturday afternoon. My heart goes out to Ms. Fisher's family and I want to offer them my condolences. I also want to let you know that Mobile Police Detectives and District Attorney Ashley Rich and her team are doing their utmost to find and arrest the people who committed this crime.
I have heard from several of you regarding forming a Community Action Group (CAG). I believe that would be a good proactive step for your community and I highly recommend these neighborhood groups to everyone in our district. CAG's are spearheaded by our Mobile Police Department and an Enhanced Neighborhood Police Officer attends each meeting to discuss issues, record concerns and complaints and be a liaison for you with the Police Department. Prior to forming your own CAG, I would like to invite you to attend another nearby CAG meeting on July 24th so you can see how these groups operate, and speak with members to learn why they believe CAG's work.
The Athey Road CAG will meet on July 24th at 6:30 p.m. at St. John's United Methodist Church, 6215 Overlook Road. District Attorney Ashley Rich and I are already planning to attend this meeting, so it would be a good time for you meet us if you haven't already.
Again, I want to extend my condolences to Ms. Fisher's family and to let you know I understand how shocking this shooting must have been for you all. You have a nice, quiet neighborhood and to think that something like this can happen to one of your neighbors, who was just trying to get a vehicle to slow down as it sped through the neighborhood, is horrible.
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