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Salisbury Police to Use Grant for Improving Neighborhoods


SALISBURY, Md.- If you happen to live or work near the south side of Salisbury, soon you will see city police talking to people about ways to help curb crime in neighborhoods.

A $10,000 grant from the Maryland governor's office is making that possible.

The money is part of the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design which is geared towards the city's Safe Streets program. 

It will allow police to buy equipment that helps them focus on areas where people have either complained or voiced concerns when it comes to crime. Those areas include, Smith Street, Ohio and Maryland Avenue and sports nears Waverly Drive.

Mary Hiday said that she can count on her fingers the number of alleys and streets that could use help from Salisbury police.

"Newton street is pretty eh, depending on the day, weather and there is a lot of street walkers," Hiday said, "I'm actually scared of alleys just because it's dark and I have seen movies and I just don't trust them."

It's exactly those concerns and worries that Chief Barbara Duncan said the department wants to know about.

Duncan said the grant will not only help pay for officer overtime, but also buy sound and light meters in addition to a pole camera.

"If a particular area is subject or prone to an up tick in criminal activity because it's not lit up and people can't see because their perception of that area is unsafe we will be able to measure that and make a change for that," Duncan explained.

"We are looking at what we can see what can be seen and changing the environment, the physical environment of those locations, so that individuals who would commit crime there would chose not to do so."

Micah White said he is all for police working with communities to help create a positive environment. It's something he said his neighborhood of Smith Street could use. 
"It's an old neighborhood, it needs works and jobs is one of the biggest things," White said. "If people have work then you can see the whole thing develop a lot better."

Jordan D. who is White's neighbor said that he's on the fence about how the grant money will work to make improvements in a community that has never seen change; a good change.

"It's dirty out here, it's junky the cops don't like get anybody out here to pick it up and you ain't got no type of environmental help," he said.

The city council is scheduled to accept this grant next week. Duncan said she expects to see this money to be put to work, before the start of the holiday season.


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