Two Camden block clubs win Police Building Blocks Awards
The Minneapolis Police Department has chosen 14 block clubs from across the city as winners of 2006 Building Blocks Awards, which are awarded each year to the city’s most active and effective block clubs. Two of the winners are in Camden.
3800 Block of Penn and Queen Avenues North Block Club, Victory neighborhood.
The 3800 Block of Penn and Queen Avenues North Block Club, led by Lissa Bill, held its first meeting in June, 2006. Since that time, it has hosted a number of community-building events, including National Night Out, yard parties, and information meetings at a pizza shop. In addition to attending 4th Precinct community meetings, residents keep in close contact with Minneapolis police through email lists and contact with their local SAFE officer. The club has had success eliminating prostitution and drug dealing in rental homes on the block. The club’s bi-monthly newsletter includes information on what neighbors are doing, as well as safety information from the police department and announcements of upcoming events.
3600 Block of 6th Street North Block Club, McKinley neighborhood.
The 3600 Block of 6th Street North Block Club, led by Kristin Jorenby, has worked hard to maintain a safe and friendly atmosphere on the block. It has held meetings to discuss problems including speeding in the neighborhood, drug dealing, and problem properties. Their work has helped clean up two known drug houses, and the club has started the process of getting speed bumps installed on the block. Residents are diligent about watching out for one another, and call 911 when needed. In addition to holding monthly cookouts during the summer, club leaders have put together welcome packets for new residents that include club contact information, important phone numbers, and curfew times.
The 2006 Building Blocks Awards were presented at a ceremony on March 20.
Minneapolis has a long tradition of strong block clubs, with neighbors working together to prevent crime, connect people who live and work on the block, and take on issues in their neighborhoods. Block clubs can improve the general quality of life, helping neighbors develop a feeling of mutual support from their community. Each year, the Minneapolis Police Department makes a special effort to honor volunteers and block clubs who have done outstanding work. For info on block clubs, and how to start one, visit: www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/safe.