Jefferson Area Neighborhood Association (JANA)
Fargo, North Dakota
Police Reports

These are the officers on your beat:

Sgt. Sgt Shane Aberle (701-476-4093) is your beat Sgt. and District 2 Lt. Travis Stefonowicz (701-476-4095) your Beat Commander

The Beat 22 report is comprised of not only the Jefferson Neighborhood but also Hawthorne and Island Park and 104 businesses along Main Ave, 25th St and 13th Avenue South.

The boundaries of the report included go from Main Avenue on north, the Red River on the east, 13th Ave on the south and 25th Street on the west.

February 22, 2011 to March 6, 2011

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Citizen Resources

Response to inquiry about Gladys Ray Shelter

19 May 2009

Thanks for inquiring. I often think about the number of times we call dispatch in any given month and how that may be perceived by people in the community. There are many factors that should be considered when looking at the number of calls. I, too, take a look at the police logs regularly and try to keep a fairly accurate handle on what calls are directly related to the shelter. I don't think its possible to know in some cases but in general we can usually identify those that are related (besides the obvious calls we make ourselves).

It is our policy at the shelter to notify dispatch any time we feel there is an individual in the neighborhood that may pose a risk to themselves or others. More often than not we know the individual we call on but its not unusual for us to call on someone we don't know. It's referred to as a welfare check and whether or not an officer is able to check on that person depends on what they have going on. We feel it's the responsible thing to do and the main purpose for this is fostering safety in the neighborhood. I met with Chief Ternes and other members of the FPD last week to review how the past year of operating the shelter has gone. It was a good conversation and I think we all came away with a better understanding of what is actually happening relative to the shelter, what we know and can't know, and how we can continue to plan in order to remain proactive. I asked Chief Ternes if the volume if calls that we make from the shelter to dispatch is a concern or if we should try to modify our policy to reduce the calls. He assured me that the volume is not a problem and that we should continue the practice. I was happy to hear this due to my concerns over how that volume may be perceived. Again, we call dispatch when we feel an individual poses a possible problem. It seems the consistent presence of law enforcement in the neighborhood would be a deterrent and promote the notion that everyone is committed to safety.

Additional calls beyond the welfare check calls that we make are a bit more complicated. We have requested assistance from law enforcement when an individual on site appears to be threatening or posing concern. Also, we have called when an individual shows up at the shelter and has recently been a victim of assault or crime. Another policy in place requires staff to do neighborhood checks throughout their shifts. How far they go from the shelter when doing those checks depends on what is happening in the shelter at the time and how many people are on site. If we encounter suspicious activity or see someone that appears to be out of place we notify dispatch and provide the details.

I have met with a couple of neighbors regarding any questions or concerns they have. One gentleman has been really great to talk to and has a positive attitude about our developing relationship. He stated that he was a vocal opponent of the shelter and active in fighting against it being placed in his neighborhood. He also says he is impressed with how staff have listened to him when he does have concerns and that it is obvious we mean what we say when we talk about trying to be proactive and our commitment to being a good neighbor. Another gentleman that voiced concerns has battles related to the location of his house. His backyard borders one of the lots that seems to collect garbage, cars that don't run, and is not maintained much of the time. I have encouraged him to call law enforcement if he sees people in his yard or anything else that concerns him. I posted a large note to guests of the shelter stating that anyone found to be hanging out in neighboring yards or hiding their belongings/bikes on neighboring property would not be allowed to continue their stay at the shelter. The note also states that by trespassing or doing those things they risk damaging our relationship with neighbors and that we will not tolerate the disrespect or the risks, and the ultimately they will lose access to the shelter. In general, the sense of community is strong and the culture within the shelter is positive and people are expected to get in line with this in order to stay. We do issue "no trespass" orders when needed if we feel a person is particularly problematic in their behavior. I will admit that it is a continuous challenge to balance out how we approach or talk with neighbors about concerns - we attempt to do our part to keep the neighborhood as safe as possible and address problems that are related to the shelter, however, we can't take responsibility for everything that happens in the neighborhood and letting people know that is always tricky ground to tread. All of the neighbors that I have visited with have my contact info including my personal cell number.

One event I would like you to make the board aware of is our recent "pick up for pizza" night. Last Wednesday we had 24 guests and five staff of the shelter pick up garbage throughout the neighborhood. We stayed out of peoples yards of course, but we did venture into the many lots around us. There are a few problem areas in terms of garbage especially right behind and on the NE corner of the shelter. It became apparent pretty quick that the garbage and junk we were finding had been there for quite some time. We went through shrubs and along fence lines and up both sides of the street to just past St. Vincent de Paul thrift store. The trip to pick up garbage up and down the street is a regular thing we do especially now that the snow is gone. The garbage we pick up does include stuff we believe is connected to the shelter (coffee cups, wrappers from snacks) but it also includes whatever garbage ends up there. The clean up effort last week covered a large area and we completely filled our dumpster from bottom to top. I was quite impressed with the attitude and how the group went above and beyond my expectations. We will have a picture collage at the shelter soon if you want to check it out. I bought pizza and soda for all involved and the night was a big success. Again, the involvement of guests does speak to the sense of community that many of them have. We are by no means a long term home for folks but while they are there, we hope to foster that sense of community by promoting respect and safety.

This is probably more than you bargained for when you asked about the dispatch calls. Between the police visits to detox and the calls we make I am certain the neighbors have noticed the presence of law enforcement. It is very regular. We will continue to work with the police on addressing any emerging patterns or concerns that appear to be related to the shelter. We have seen some of this in the past year and have addressed those accordingly. I hope this helps and fits with the info you were looking for. As always, I am available by phone or email and can be contacted any time. Have a great weekend Jay!

Jan Eliassen
Gladys Ray Shelter
1519 1st Ave S
Fargo, ND 58103