Letters to the Editor

Build relationships to make safer communities

After reading The Bee’s Nov. 4 article “SWAT teams sweep through Fresno, arrest 36 Strother gang members,” my thoughts went to taking pride in our communities and trusting our public-safety officials.

If we as a community take pride in where we live, we help stop the growth of high-crime areas like Kearney Boulevard to California Avenue and from Fruit to Thorne avenues and many more areas throughout Fresno. Relationships between police and communities could be improved. That could help with individuals being comfortable reporting crime or suspicious activity.

Serving warrant sweeps is a way to get rid of the problem, but taking initiative to prevent high-crime areas to rise is the responsibility of the people neighboring there and police-community relations.

Many people may think they do not have the time to get involved or their complaint will not change anything. We must remember the words of Mother Teresa, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

Alejandro Sanchez, Tulare