--- Issued August 19, 20126
The following television video was published on the "YourErie.com " website on August 9, having been aired on WJET-TV as a news story. To view the TV-newscast, click HERE. (May not play in some older viewers).
Bishop Dwane Brock, Chair of the Erie Housing Authority, said in the newscast that he wants the entire Erie Police Department to follow the model of the police officers assigned to the Erie Housing Authority. He says that if the entire department used the techniques of the six-officer "Quebec Unit" that patrols Erie Housing Authority property, there would be a de-escalation of tension between police and citizens and an escalation of respect. The officers who patrol Housing Authority property, and the way they do that, has made HACE neighborhoods some of the safest in the city.
The text of the video follows:
A unit of the Erie Bureau of Police is being recognized as an exemplary force, serving as what community leaders are calling ideal officers.
The Quebec Unit of the Erie police protects and serves Erie's public housing neighborhoods.
A decade ago, crime in those areas had skyrocketed, now those areas are being called some of the safest to live in.
The six officers in the Quebec Unit walk and bike the public housing neighborhoods and only those neighborhoods.
They respond to any and all calls in those areas and they knock on neighbors doors to get to know the residents and they know most by name.
Bishop Dwayne Brock said the mutual respect between the officers and residents is phenomenal.
“If the entire Erie Police Department acted and took notice of the Quebec Unit, we will see a de-escalation in tension between the police department and the citizens. And we will see an escalation in respect," Brock said.
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