Police seek city unity

CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair speaks to community members Tuesday about getting involved in crime prevention at a seminar in the Lyceum Theatre.

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers

Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair knows from personal experience about frustration with crime.

In a crime seminar Tuesday at the Lyceum Theatre, Blair told community members his house was broken into twice last year.
“I know what you want to do to the person that did this,” he said.

Blair and 10 other police officers met with Clovis community members and spoke about how the community can get involved in crime prevention.

Clovis police are short-handed, he said. The department is down eight of 64 officers it is allowed. There are about 1.9 police officers for every 1,000 people, he said.

“The citizens are our eyes and ears,” he said. “We depend on their information all the time. That’s how we solve crimes.”

Officer Eric Muller told the audience the easiest way to get involved is to set up a neighborhood watch. Muller handles crime prevention projects for the department.

Muller said Clovis neighborhoods can contact him for more information.

“All I need is a time and a date if they want to have a meeting at the police department or at their home,” he said.

Clovis resident Stew Williams and his wife, Roberta, came to the event because a friend’s house was burglarized recently.

“I’d like to see more people get out here and get involved and hear what they have to say,” he said.

About 34 people attended the seminar to the disappointment of some officials such as Clovis City Commissioner Robert Sandoval.
“That was good, but the people griping that (police) don’t do much weren’t there,” he said. “It’s a shame.”

Blair said the police department will hold more events to bring in the community.

“You see how many empty seats there are,” he said. “But we’re going to keep doing this until we get everyone in the community involved.”

Other events might be directed more to specific neighborhoods, he said.