CENTRAL PRECINCT TO FOCUS ON BUSINESSES

 SAVANNAH, GA (August 27, 2012): Officers from Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Central Precinct transition their Roll Call In the Streets series from residential neighborhoods to businesses and medical officers on Thursday with an invitation to businesses in the area to meet for a light lunch.

 Precinct Commander DeVonn Adams and his officers have reached out to businesses and medical offices in the precinct to join them at 12:30 p.m. in the Medical Arts Center Unit 14 at East 65th and Paulsen streets.

 Capt. Adams took nine roll calls – meetings police officers conduct before each shift to discuss specific focuses of the day – to the public by holding them in parks and parking lots. The idea was to enhance the relationship between the officers and the public and help decrease the annual increase in crime during summer months.

 So far crime in the precinct is running 25 percent under 2011 numbers and 17 percent under 2010 when reported crime was at its lowest levels in the history of the department.

 Thursday’s meeting is designed more as an opportunity for business people to interact with officers and the leaders of the precinct before school resumes. Adams will forgo the Roll Call format and convert to a reception featuring his precinct command staff and officers. Businesses are invited to join the officers for the discussions.

 The previous nine Roll Calls in the Street have been held in neighborhoods and have been attended by residents, city aldermen and county commissioners.

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