Citizens for a Better Norwood 3

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

WNNA letter seeking donations for COPP 800MHz radios

West Norwood Neighborhood Association

Concerned Citizens Working To Improve Our Neighborhood

Dear Community Member,

We are writing to ask your help with a very important project. As members of the West Norwood Neighborhood Association (WNNA), we are dedicated to improving our community for all who live and work here, as well as creating a neighborhood that is an inviting place to visit.

Our most recently completed project has been an astounding success! After 18 months of hard work by our volunteers, we reopened the Police Substation at the corner of Mills and Courtland. This Police Substation offers residents a place to obtain information, take trainings and hold meetings. It is also a great opportunity to view the collection of Norwood Police memorabilia, including a 100 year old flat iron jail cell. We would have not been able to complete this project without the help of generous donors from the community.

We have now begun another project that will greatly improve the lives of those who live and work in Norwood. Communities all over the country have started Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP) with much success. This type of grassroots program engages people who live in the community, raising the visibility of citizens while helping to reduce crime. Working with the Norwood Police Department, Community Affairs Officer Lt. Williams, and the Norwood Mayors Office, we are developing training classes for our COPP volunteers.

This is where we so desperately need your help! We lack communications equipment for this communitybased crime prevention program. More specifically, we need 800MHz handheld radios ($1900 each) for our patrol groups. Patrol groups communicate via this radio with the Norwood Police Dispatch to report suspicious activities while on patrol. These radios will also be able to communicate with all first responders in case of emergency.

The funds you donate are tax deductible and 100 % of the monies will be used to support your Citizens on Patrol (COPP) program here in Norwood COPP volunteers will help make Norwood's business districts and neighborhoods a safer place by providing additional eyes and ears on the streets and reporting suspicious activity to police in a timely manner.

Won't you help us with this very important project? We welcome any financial help you can offer. All gifts will be acknowledged on our website as well as in our printed materials. Thank you for your ongoing support!


William Graff, WNNA Vice President/COPP (731-6977)
Lt. Tom Williams Jr., Norwood Police Community Affairs Officer (458-4545)

Make all checks payable to: West Norwood Neighborhood Association COPP
Mail to: Mary Ann Teeter, City of Norwood Treasurer's Office, 4645 Montgomery Road, Norwood Ohio 45212.
Mary Ann can be reached at 458-4580