Collinwood Residents Focus on Safety in Forum

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CLEVELAND – Residents of a Cleveland neighborhood had safety on their minds Thursday night.

collinwood safety meeting 2The manager of the Collinwood KeyBank branch invited members of the FBI, Cleveland police and other organizations to give citizens tips on how to keep their community safe.

“We find individuals just not paying attention and they can be snatched or assaulted or someone can commit a theft against them because they’re not paying attention. Something as simple as not paying attention,” said Police Commander Wayne Drummond.

Community leader Khalid Samad told Fox 8 News, “Well, we have problems with young people who think that if you come from another street or you live in another neighborhood that you are automatically enemies. And so our message is it’s not where you are, it is where you are at. You know, we came over on different ships. Now we are in the same boat.”

“I’m just here to learn what is going on in the community,” said Principal of Collinwood High School, Maria Carlson. “What is already in place to make sure our students are safe and what other options we can put into place so my students feel safe getting from home to school and from school back to home.”

Police Commander Drummond called the event the largest community safety forum he has seen.

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