By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, email@example.comIn the early 2000s, Seat Pleasant was in the waning days of the crack epidemic that started in the 1980s but the city was still not a popular place to live.A group of citizens, led by resident Pamela Boone, decided that the Seat Pleasant Police Department needed help in fighting the city’s crime rate. She, Rogers Reynolds and other residents formed the Citizens for Public Safety Advisory Council (CPAC) to support the police department and encourage citizens to get involved in fighting crime.Pamela Boone, chairman of Seat Pleasant’s Citizen’s for Public Safety Advisory Council, decided to get involved in helping the police in her area several years ago. (Courtesy Photo)“We have been in existence for a number of years,” Boone, who has lived in Seat Pleasant since 1983, told the AFRO. “There were five of us and we approached [former] Seat Pleasant Police Chief Elliott Taylor about forming a group and he supported it.”Boone, a retired human resources supervisor with the FBI, said at the time there were no community organizations, such as a civic association, where citizens could bring their issues about the police department to except the Seat Pleasant City Council and its mayor. In Prince George’s County, most municipalities and unincorporated areas have civic or citizens associations to address those concerns outside of local elected leaders.Boone said the residents of Seat Pleasant did not have a formal way of working with the police and her neighbors and the “residents wanted that.”“We created CPAC to bridge the gap between the community and the police,” she said.Seat Pleasant is located in the central western part of Prince George’s County, bordering the District of Columbia’s Ward 7 sharing Eastern Avenue. The city has 4,769 residents that are 91 percent Black, 5 percent Latino and 2 percent White.Seat Pleasant consists largely of working-class and low-income residents with a large number of senior citizens. Its crime rate is largely the same as nearby municipalities like Capitol Heights.Seat Pleasant Police Chief Devan A. Martin recently reported crime is down in the city due to the use of technology and stronger community engagement by his police officers. He noted that violent crime is down 21.5 percent, residential burglaries are down by 33.3 percent, robberies of commercial establishments and citizens are down by 70 percent and homicides/murders are down by 75 percent.Martin also noted vehicle impounds increased by 38.38 percent and calls for service have increased by 3.50 percent. Property crime is up 19 percent due to thefts from automobiles and stolen vehicles.Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene Grant believes in CPAC. “At the heart of a successful community is an engaged citizenry,” Grant said in a statement to the AFRO. “The efforts and leadership of residents like Pamela Boone has been tremendous. Through her leadership she has helped to bridge the gap between civilians and the police department.“CPAC has been instrumental in disseminating information to the general public. They host forums, set up information booths at community functions and volunteer where needed.”CPAC is in the process of becoming a 501(c)3 so it can raise money and set up an organizational structure to further its mission, Boone said.
Police search for missing woman Landscaper Paul Martin’s fine showed his van had been observed on Goodson Street for less than a minute “There was never going to be a bus stopped opposite because they don’t run, so the road would not be blocked by my van. Where’s the common sense in issuing a fine if there are no buses running?” The motorist said he paid his fine, which reduced to £35 within 14 days, because he did park on double yellow lines. But says he can’t understand why it’s a no loading zone when the buses do not stop on Goodson Street. Read MoreShopper buys traffic warden a doughnut as a thank you – and returns to car to find a parking ticket He added: “There’s no buses going down there and at the time I didn’t see the no loading sign. I can’t understand the council putting a no loading bay sign because the traffic will always flow down there. “Instead of putting a bus stop in that isn’t used they should have extended the parking bays so that more people can park there, they could get another four spaces. Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play. Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram. Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailLandscaper Paul Martin was caught by a council traffic warden – after he parked on double yellows in a no loading zone in the city centre. But the 50-year-old was astounded when he returned to his car on Goodson Street, Hanley, to find a £70 penalty notice on his silver Nissan van after being inside Abakhan fabric store for just two minutes. The parking fine showed the dad-of-two’s van had been observed for less than a minute on June 11. The hefty fine means Paul has to pay £35 for every minute his car was parked there. Read MoreDad’s £3.78 McDonald’s treat ruined by ‘disrespectful’ £100 fine Now Paul has slammed Stoke-on-Trent City Council for ‘having no common sense’. Paul, from Cheadle, said: “I parked on the double yellows because all of the parking bays were full. On the opposite side is a bus stop, so there was a sign on the double yellows saying ‘no loading at any time’ but I didn’t notice that when I parked there. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes 50-year-old Paul Martin’s receipt from the Abakhan fabric store shows he paid for his zip and left the store at 10.21am “I’ve paid the fine but I think it shouldn’t be a no loading zone if no buses will be stopping opposite as the traffic will always be able to flow. They’re just trying to make money even thought there was never going to be a bus going down there. “The sign should be taken down until the buses start, I think it’s a joke.” A council spokesman said: “Waiting is not allowed in this area at any time and it is clearly marked out. The vehicle parked on recently repainted double yellow lines, next to a sign highlighting the restriction and alongside double yellow ‘tabs’ on the kerb. “Just a few yards away is a section of lawful pay-and-display bays for people to park and access the local facilities. “We have an appeal process for anyone who feels they have received a parking ticket unfairly but in this case Mr Martin has paid the fine, therefore accepting liability and closing the case.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Landscaper Paul Martin was parked outside Abakhan fabric store, Hanley, for just two minutes “I went into Abakhan fabrics on Goodson Street to buy a £2.60 replacement zip for my wife’s dress as we were going to a wedding on the Saturday. “I was in there for two minutes and when I came out there was a ticket on my van which showed my vehicle had been there from 10.19am-10.19am. I was so mad, it’s not even a minute of observation. “I came out of the shop at 10.21am, two minutes after I parked there, to see a ticket. I went to speak to parking services and they said it’s an instant fine because it’s a no loading zone. Read MoreBlundering traffic wardens wrongly hand out 675 parking fines on seven car parks (and here’s where) “I said ‘I understand that, but I was only there for two minutes, can there not be a five minute leeway?’ But I was told no. The traffic warden could have easily come into the shop and said to me ‘you’re not supposed to park there’ and I could have moved the van. But nobody did and for a two minute stop I’ve been fined £70. “I went back to Abakhan’s to speak to the assistant manager there about it and they said the bus stop opposite the double yellows doesn’t even run, no buses stop there. “She says since the no loading bay was put in because of the bus stop her delivery drivers are always being fined, instead they have to pay to park in one of the bays to load and unload.