Wednesday, October 14, 2015 SoSo Meeting Minutes
SoSo and Nextdoor Business Memberships:
There was a discussion on whether or not to allow SoSo business memberships and whether or not to allow businesses to post advertisements on Nextdoor. The debate was whether it was important to help businesses feel like they’re part of the community by involving them versus having businesses vote against the interests of the group. The general consensus on next-door was then members prefer not to have a lot of advertisements cluttering up the space. Officer Andy states that there is a special law enforcement membership on Nextdoor, and it was speculated that there may be an option already built in for businesses. It was decided that more information was needed. The consensus was also to have guidelines for businesses. The preference was to allow postings about political events in Carlisle, but not to allow political discussions. There were not enough voting members present for a forum, so a vote was not taken.
Officer Andy’s community police report:
He discussed the Dickinson forum on off-campus housing. He states that attendance was low, but he attributes it to sending the invite at the last minute. He states that Dickinson has been making this an annual meeting, but there is concern that this year it should have been held earlier in the school year. Some residents at the meeting expressed concern that the meeting was just sugar coating and that the college was no enforcing any real penalties on students living off campus who are destructive or disruptive. If they are available, Dickinson Public Safety will respond to police calls on off campus parties to help identify students, many who try to pass off fake IDs to the police, and to report back to Resident Life. This year on Homecoming weekend 2 of the large flower pots on S. Pitt St were smashed and there have been noise complaints and littering of Solo cups on North College Street. Many private landlords make a lot of money renting houses to large groups of students. The houses tend to be in poor condition and the landlords issue high security deposits knowing that the students are going to be destructive. The landlords do not play a role in controlling student behavior in their properties.
Officer Andy also announced that are now security cameras in the parking garage and the police also have drop cameras that they are able to move to different locations as needed. There is consideration of putting one on the first block of W. Chapel Avenue. Cameras have to have a line of sight, be out of easy reach, and if they aim at a second story home window then that portion of the image is blacked out. The police have the options to hide the cameras or to draw attention to them as a deterrent. There was a question as to whether there is consideration for placing a camera in the Butcher Family Tot Lot due to the recent assault and robbery in the park, however Officer Andy stated that the victims and the perpetrators knew each other, that it was not a random act. Discussion on where to place the drop cameras will be discussed at the 10/27/15 Carlisle Neighborhood Alliance (CNA) meeting.
The police grant to purchase body cameras was approved 2 weeks ago. The Carlisle police have to decide what company to purchase the cameras from and whether they are going to have a local server or outsource the data storage. Use of the cameras will be based on existing case law and good practice policy guidelines. The district attorney has stated that in certain circumstances the police can enter a home and record secretly. Video can also be recorded without audio. Recent national events, such as in Ferguson, have caused a political and public push for body cameras. Police officers are in favor of body cameras as they help save the officer 98% of the time and they also provide evidence.
Upcoming National Elections
There was also a request to post a reminder on Nextdoor for the November 3rd election and to also direct members to sources for information on candidates on the ballot.