Neighborhood meeting warns kids of crime

12/03/07 Mitch E. Perry
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In North Tampa on Saturday, several public officials participated in a rally designed to inform the youth in the University area of Tampa of crime prevention.

Among those in attendance at Tampa’s Copeland Park was Chloe Coney, the founder of the CDC in Tampa, whose mission is to raise the education and social levels of economically depressed areas of the city. She spoke about some of the battles she has worked on in East Tampa.

Clarence James is Hillsborough County’s anti-gang prevention coordinator. He admits that the gang problem in the area doesn’t approximate New York or Los Angeles, but says it’s something that law enforcement is always concerned about.

Also appearing was Hillsborough County Public Defender Julianne Holt, who was accompanied by her daughter and members from the Public Defenders Office.

Holt spoke in the auditorium at Copeland Park to a group of about 30 people. Unfortunately for the event’s organizer, Reverend Gregory Lockett, there were not that many at-risk young people in the audience.

After the event, Gregory Lockett told WMNF that though he was disappointed he wasn’t able to access more people to come to the event, he wasn’t giving up. Lockett also attributed the lack of a big crowd to a Santa Fest that took place in Ybor City on Saturday.

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