We all need to work together to take Chinatown back from drugs and crime. This site is designed to help examine the nature of our problems in an organized way and to address them in a productive, communal manner. If you have a photo or a movie of a problem please post it here.
The Intent of Chinatown Watch is Three-Fold:
1. Police Foot Patrols in Chinatown 24/7
The current model of policing doesn’t work for the Police or for the health and safety of Chinatown. It is based on having three or four patrol cars cruising the area between Punchbowl and Liliha.
This may work in a suburb but it doesn’t work in densely populated and crime-ridden neighborhoods. Officers are often are unable to respond to 911 calls in Chinatown. This is the wrong strategy.
The Police need a lot of community support to be able to get officers patrolling the neighborhood on foot. Politicians need to be pressured to help the Police get the resources they need to protect the neighborhood.
2. Share Information
This website, and the community effort behind it, is designed to help the people and businesses of Chinatown to share issues, problems and solutions by submitting photographs and videos of incidents that affect the safety and quality of life in Chinatown.
This information then becomes a tool for law enforcement, governmental officials and social service agencies to better understand the stresses that arise from the current way in which Chinatown is being managed.
3. Help Fix the Problems
Some solutions are simple, like parking a police car in front of known drug dealing locations. Some are more complex, like untangling the mix of forces and decisions that have helped create and grow the problem. If we don’t examine the nature of the problem in an organized and meaningful way and then address them in a productive, communal manner, we’ll continue to repeat the systemic behaviors that keep making the problems worse.
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The Chinatown Watch Team