In 2012, this award was given to two people from two different parts of town.
Crime Prevention Coordinator Stefanie Adams says:
Jan Weston has done a remarkable job this year not only establishing his own neighborhood watch, but also recruiting neighbors to form watches in his Marshall Park neighborhood. He has knocked on a lot of doors recruiting residents. It hasn’t been an easy task; not everyone is interested. As a result of his hard work, we have not just one new watch, but two new neighborhood watches in the Marshall Park neighborhood. He also has been working with a leader of a dormant watch in the area to reinvigorate her group as well. As Crime Prevention Coordinator, I was amazed at how well his group was organized prior to the Neighborhood Watch meeting; I left the meeting with a block profile and phone tree in hand, which typically doesn’t happen. As a Neighborhood Watch leader, Jan has been thoughtful in his approach to preparing crime alert notices to his group with helpful crime prevention advice.
Jan Weston is a long time safety advocate for his neighborhood and has served as Marshall Park Neighborhood representative to the SW Neighborhoods Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee. This year he is serving as Vice Chair for the committee and in the prior year he served as chair of the Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Fair. Additionally he participates in most of the subcommittees of the safety committee and we can always count on him to help out.
We appreciate all of his efforts to make his neighborhood and Southwest Portland a safer and more connected community!
Crime Prevention Coordinator Sam Freeman says:
Motivated by a concern for the community she loves, Tammi Hawkins started organizing a foot patrol back in the Fall of 2011. Tammi handed out informational flyers about the patrol to every single household within the patrol’s expansive boundaries, within both the Hazelwood and Centennial neighborhoods, from 130th to 148th between Division and Stark.
As a result of her efforts, she has since recruited over twenty volunteers, and has coordinated multiple trainings and meetings for her group, which became known as the Mid-County Foot Patrol. The Mid-County Foot Patrol had its first official patrol on April 13, 2012. Since then, the Mid-County patrollers have been out nearly every day. The group patrols both during the day and at night, donning bright orange vests with “Mid-County Foot Patrol” typed proudly on the back. Tammi also successfully lobbied the Hazelwood Neighborhood Association for funding for bright flashlights, which the patrol takes out with them at night.
The Mid-County Foot Patrol coordinates its activities online through its very own website, which allows members to blog about the previous night’s patrols. Without a doubt, Tammi is a devoted community servant who has given countless hours of her time to improve livability and public safety in East Portland.