Colonialtown South neighborhood update

OPD leads discussions on neighborhood safety

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On Aug. 13, District 4 City Commissioner Patty Sheehan and Orlando Police Department Liaison Officer Eddie Rosado joined the Colonialtown South Neighborhood Association meeting at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. Officer Rosado made two announcements.

The first was that the OPD hired approximately 25 recruits. Recruits will start to patrol the streets “fairly soon.” Secondly, the recruits will meet with community leaders.

“We train [the community leaders], too,” Officer Rosado said to the association. “They (OPD) like the recruits to sit with community leaders to discuss what the community expects from an officer.”

Neighborhood-association President Andre Olejack explained how the number of calls a neighborhood makes about suspicious persons relates to police presence.

“Right now, what[the OPD] do is responsive,” Olejack said. “The higher number of calls for people to bring police out is correlated between the lower number and overall incidents because there is more police presence in the neighborhood.”

Last month, Colonialtown South residents made 155 calls compared to 154 during the same time last year. Neighborhood incents dropped from 20 to 13. The number of calls made because of suspicious persons sightings stayed at 24.

OPD dispatched an officer each time a suspicious-person call was made. The increase in police presence, therefore, might influence the number of incidents each month. In turn, Olejack would like to see more police officers drive through the area without an increase in the number of calls.

This all leads up to the neighborhood’s National Night Out. The event promotes safety for all residents in Colonialtown South. National Night Out takes place on Oct. 1 at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando.

The next Colonialtown South Neighborhood Association meeting will take place Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando.

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