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Police Working on New Strategic Plan

Public input is being sought at two community meetings this month. The department's new strategic plan will cover 2013-2015 and replaces an existing one that ends on Dec. 31. Tell the PD what you think they should do to service our city.

With the existing strategic plan set to expire on Dec. 31, the Manhattan Beach Police Department is holding two public meetings to provide an update on the success of the current plan and gather input on how the public thinks they should serve residents. 

The first meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Community Room of the Police Facility located at 420 15th Street. The second meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the same location.

Police Chief Eve Irvine says MBPD "looks forward to partnering with our community for the development of our new strategic plan that will lead us through the next three years.” 

The existing plan was set under former Police Chief Rod Uyeda, who retired in 2011 and who implemented the development of a strategic plan when he became chief after the department hadn't had one in recent years.

MBPD Officer Stephanie Martin was on the committee that created that plan and said that staff, a facilitator and Chief Irvine will be at the two meetings this month.

Martin said the department wants to know what's important to the public and whether or not MBPD is meeting its needs. 

"We want to make sure we're doing things the way our community wants us to and to make sure we're delivering the services our community wants," she said.

The previous strategic plan did not include public input gathered through meetings , instead relying on police department personnel from all departments and divisions within MBPD for their input.

RSVPS are not required but can be made by calling Martin at 310-802-5186.

Correction: MBPD Officer Stephanie Martin will not attend the two public strategic plan meetings as previously reported. Patch apologizes for this error.

Denise A. August 14, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I'll start early with a comment. Instead of having parking enforcement driving around constantly looking for parking meters to expire downtown, why aren't they consistently at locations during peak infractions like at MBMS when school gets out and people are parking illegally blocking the turning lane onto Manhattan Beach Blvd? What about the people that think it's ok to block the street from other drivers while they wait in line to pick up their kids? I pick up my daughter at the school and would never be as inconsiderate as these parents. Perhaps if we had enforcement present regularly, this wouldn't happen. Is collecting cash (though I know we need it) more important than improving traffic?
Travel August 14, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I agree. I make it a point to avoid 24th St. near Grandview at the school letting out times because these people park in the middle of the street and I can't get around them. There is no way to turn around once you get into the mess.
Fred August 15, 2012 at 03:27 AM
This is a problem at all the schools during dropoff and pickup hours, and should be more of a school enforcement responsibility than a police enforcement action.
Denise A. August 15, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Fred, the school can't ticket people parked illegally on the public streets or blocking traffic on the street. The schools have sent emails asking parents to be considerate but many ignore them. For example, the police department informed me that the crossing guards can't even force kids to follow their directions and some kids don't. Only the police have the teeth to do something and it's their job to step in when there is a problem that impacts traffic flow.

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