Take a moment to answer that question for yourself!
I received an email today that upset me so much, I went on a long bike ride before I wrote something that I may have regretted later.
Saturday was truly a success for young people and parents in our Community. I wish to extend Great Appreciation to everyone for working along with the Injury and Violence Prevention Department in making the day grand.A survey was taken after the event was over and documented responses were very positive. This information was provided by citizens and vendors in attendance. Again, thank you for helping Chester to become a Safer and Productive place to live.
If I had received this email on Saturday night, I would have been okay with it, but it came in at 9:38am this morning.
I’d measure the success of any Violence Prevent event by the extent that it prevents violence. Yet, two days after the event, a young man was murdered in broad daylight. So, what did the Violence Prevention event in Chester Park prevent?
Sure, we can’t expect street violence to be resolved by city government events alone, and we do appreciate the effort, but don’t rub in our faces with an email that brags that a survey of vendors and attendees was positive, therefore, the event was a success.
How can anyone take city government serious when they call that party in Chester Park a success toward making Chester a safer and productive place to live?
If the city is going to have parties, call it a party and stop mix messaging.
If the city is serious about preventing crime, take these Violence Prevention events to the William Penn projects and Sun Village where the problems are. The guns are not going to come to your party at Chester Park.
When’s the last time Chester had a sobriety check point set up on our streets? Simple things like this puts more of a dent in crime prevention than dancing, hot dogs, and motivational speakers.