Very important meeting this weekend at Our Lady of Refuge, 290 E. 196th St. (Parish Center) at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Basically, community members in the North Fordham area (or Fordham-Bedford, if you prefer), many of whom attend Our Lady of Refuge, want to talk with police about a sharp rise in violent crime in the area.
Here's our story about a recent spate of murders in the area and a police shooting there. Earlier this week, a woman was found murdered close to the church.
This is not the first time residents have asked for more help and accountability from the local police. In November 2007, Deputy Inspector James Alles and other top cops from the 52nd Precinct attended a forum about a surge in crime in the area. Alles is supposed to show up again on Sunday.
Here's a quote from the press release about the event:
>“In addition to needing more police patrol, residents have grown frustrated with slow response time to 911 calls and the lack of police intervention as crimes happen before their eyes. Many residents also report that police donot file police reports after assuring crime victims that they will. This may affect the supposed drop in crime that the NYPD has heralded. Overall, it appears that the NYPD is attempting to contain Bronx crime to the historically-troubled Fordham Beford area.”
In other words, folks are not happy and they want something done about it. Again.