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Plainfield's Mayor Mapp: Block Associations Are Important

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Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp Credits: City of Plainfield
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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Block Associations have historically played a vital and irreplaceable role in the preservation and development of communities around the country. Law enforcement long ago realized that it was important to have eyes and ears within the neighborhood as it was impossible for them to be there at all times.

Residents realized that they could make a difference and protect their communities by being active and involved and Block Associations sometimes meant the difference between a community being plagued by crime or being left alone. Would be criminals were far less likely to be active in an area where they felt that residents were vigilant and on the lookout for illegal activity.

Another great benefit to Neighborhood Block Associations was the increased feeling of unity in the community. Neighbors got to know each other, to care for each other and took a vested interest in the well-being of each other.

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Today the role of the Neighborhood Block Association is no less important. As we approach the first Tuesday in August which is traditionally when National Night Out is celebrated all across our great nation, we must remember that our community is strongest when we stand together.

Our local Police Force is working hard, they have implemented innovative programs to reach beyond policing to foster a spirit of cooperation between our residents and themselves. From walking the neighborhoods to mentoring our youth, hosting block parties or simply having coffee and a chat; their goal is to make our community as safe as possible and build rapport.

National Night Out is meant to promote Police-Community partnerships; draw attention to crime, drug, and violence prevention; and advocate safety and neighborhood unity. This will be an evening of camaraderie and community but what happens when it's over? Do we just go back to our neighborhoods, retreat to our comfortable places, stick our head in the sand and hope that this will be enough to protect us? 

Plainfield, we all can be part of proactive solutions in our community, and one of those solutions can be something as simple as forming or being an active part of your Neighborhood Block Association. If you want to be part of the solution, commit to working with your neighbors to look out for the things you hold dearest; the sanctity of your home, the safety of your family and the improvement of your communities.

If there is one thing I know, it's that grassroots involvement and action can make all the difference in the world and together we can unify Plainfield, one Block Association at a time.


  Creating One Plainfield, One Future...

 
 
 
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield
 
Las Asociaciones de Bloques son Importante

Las asociaciones de bloques han desempeñado un papel vital e irremplazable en la preservación y el desarrollo de las comunidades de todo el país. La aplicación de la ley ha realizado que es importante tener ojos y oídos dentro de la vecindad porque era imposible para ellos estar presente allí en todo el tiempo.

Los residentes han realizado que podrían hacer una diferencia y proteger sus comunidades siendo activos e implicados; y las asociaciones de bloques a veces significan la diferencia entre una comunidad que está plagada de delitos o que se la deja sola. Los delincuentes potenciales son mucho menos propensos a estar activos en un área donde sienten que los residentes están alertas y conscientes de cualquier actividad ilegal.

Otro gran beneficio de asociaciones de bloques es el creciente sentimiento de unidad en la comunidad. Los vecinos se conocen, se cuidan unos a otros, y se interesan por el bienestar de los demás.

Hoy en día el papel de la Asociación de bloques de barrio no es menos importante. Como nos acercamos el 1 de agosto (que es "National Night Out" en toda nuestra gran nación), debemos recordar que nuestra comunidad es más fuerte cuando estamos juntos.

Nuestra fuerza de policía local está trabajando duro, y han implementado programas innovadores para fomentar un espíritu de cooperación entre nuestros residentes y ellos mismos. De caminar por los vecindarios a la tutoría de nuestros jóvenes, a organizar fiestas en bloque o simplemente tomar un café y una charla; Su objetivo es hacer que nuestra comunidad sea lo más seguro posible y también construir una relación.

La "National Night Out" está destinada a promover alianzas entre la policía y la comunidad; centrar la atención en la prevención de delitos, drogas y violencia; y abogar por la seguridad y la unidad de vecindad. Esta será una noche de camaradería y comunidad; ¿pero qué pasa cuando se acabe? ¿Volvemos a nuestros vecindarios, nos retiramos a nuestros lugares cómodos, y esperamos que sea suficiente para protegernos? 

Plainfield....todos podemos ser parte de soluciones proactivas en nuestra comunidad, y una de esas soluciones puede ser simplemente algo como formando o ser una parte activa de su asociación de bloques. Si quieres ser parte de la solución, comprométete a trabajar con tus vecinos para proteger las cosas que más aprecias: la santidad de su hogar, la seguridad de su familia, y la mejora de sus comunidades.

Si hay algo que sé, es que la participación de las bases y la acción pueden marcar la diferencia en el mundo y juntos podemos unificar Plainfield, una asociación de bloques a la vez.

 

Creando Un Plainfield, Un Futuro 

 
 
 
Alcalde Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield

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