Come meet your cops! They will be on hand this Tuesday evening, from 6:30-8:30pm, at the Montclair Public Library (map).
Nick Vigilante, who leads the safety team for Montclair SIC, announced that our local problem solving officers “will be our special guests at the upcoming MSIC Crime Prevention, Traffic, and Pedestrian Safety Team Meeting.”
Sgt. Bernard Ortiz will be there, who oversees ten beats including Montclair. Officer Maureen Vergara, who’s responsible for Montclair’s Beat 13Z, will attend as well. Rounding out the list is Anna Chang-Lai, our neighborhood services coordinator.
It’s nice to have a chance to meet the cops this way, and learn what they really do. They plan to discuss how two-way communications helps them do their jobs, and are ready to listen to specific beat priorities. There will also be time for questions.
Some of the officers conducted an open meeting with Montclarions in early July, and their practical advice was welcomed. With the spate of new break-ins, particularly when residents aren’t home, it’s about time for a refresher on how to prevent or respond to crimes here.
More info: The patchwork of police beats known as “Beat 13” can get a little confusing. As mentioned, Maureen Vergara is the officer responsible for Beat 13Z, south of Thornhill. In addition, Officer Mark Contreras covers Beat 13Y, the area north of Thornhill. Beyond Montclair, Officer Randall Chew handles Beat 13X in Upper Rockridge.