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Crime communication prompts upcoming meeting

Crime in Woodbury will take center stage next week during a community forum.

Woodbury Public Safety spokeswoman Michelle Okada said the meeting, set for Tuesday, Feb. 25, will address public safety concerns head-on.

“Nothing out of the ordinary” is happening with regard to burglaries in Woodbury, but she said that hasn’t slowed rumors spreading in some neighborhoods.

Okada said the city hopes to clarify what is – and isn’t – happening in Woodbury.

A police-produced flyer distributed in December to Wedgewood residents alerted them to an ongoing string of burglaries in that neighborhood. But Okada pointed out that the letter also attempted to tamp down concerns that the burglaries were more prolific than they actually were.

“There was some inaccurate information going around,” she said, adding that Tuesday’s meeting will attempt to address similar issues.

The meeting, which is open to the public but aimed at leaders from neighborhood associations and crime-watch programs, will also serve a broader purpose.

Okada said the meeting will highlight the department’s “zone policing” program, where officers are assigned to specific neighborhoods.

Crime prevention techniques will also be discussed, Okada said.

The meeting will also address “effective approaches to disseminating neighborhood crime and crime preventions information,” according to a city memo.

Woodbury crime statistics will also be released at the meeting, Okada said.

The meeting will be 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, at the Public Safety Building’s training room.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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