Texting My90, showing up in person
Since the Safe Communities Pilot Program launched on National Night Out on August 1, 2016, community attendance at local events has increased. Since then, the SJPD Crime Prevention Unit has held a series of well-attended public safety courses for Hoffman Via Monte residents.
The new Blossom Hill Neighborhood Association also met in small groups this fall with the support of District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis’ office. This is a resident-organized effort that includes tenants and landlords in Hoffman Via Monte.
Based on the success of National Night Out, My90 hosted its own community event in HVM for local families. While we expected a handful of people to attend, over 80 people showed up—early! During the event, the SJPD’s CPU shared information on public safety courses, and My90 discussed how its messaging service supports the Safe Communities Pilot Program. The event, which was attended beyond capacity, helped us understand that even residents who are unwilling to interact with the police directly are still open to engaging with a independent group in their community.