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Kennett Community Strengthens Community & Police Ties While Honoring Former Police Chief
Historic East Linden Neighborhood, Kennett Square, Chester County, PA – July 18, 2017
The Carter Community Development Corporation and the police forces of the Borough of Kennett Square and Kennett Township will observe their 7th annual community policing celebration on Tuesday August 1st, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the 200 block of East Linden Street in Kennett Square.
The name this year, “The Ed Zunino National Night Out”, is different but the message and impact will be the same, community policing and camaraderie within the town at its finest! The new name is in honor of The Borough of Kennett Square’s recently retired police chief, Ed Zunio, who passed away on May 12th after a long illness. Ed was a co-founder of this event, along with Theresa Bass, president of the Carter CDC. His care for the Kennett Square community, enthusiasm for getting to know the citizens of the town, and commitment to compassionate policing, shaped the Historic East Linden Neighborhood, the Borough and the region.
The Historic East Linden Neighborhood, once an open-air drug market, is a shining example of the power of collaboration between residents and the police who serve them. As one resident stated, “It’s caring about people, and it’s about people helping people. We had to stand up together and say, ‘We’re not going to take it anymore.’ We still have a ways to go, but things are a lot better.”
In preparation for the event, youth participants in the Carter CDC’s after-school and summer lunch programs have interviewed 19 members of the two police forces, asking questions about themselves and their work. These interviews will be turned into collectible team cards that each officer will distribute at the August 1st event and at four neighborhood visits across the Borough and Township on the 19th, 21st, 25rd and 27th of July. As an added twist: The youth interviewers will also have cards to trade with their peers and new friends in the Police Department.
Ethan Cramer, a Borough Council Member in Kennett Square and a member of the Board of Directors of the Carter CDC, touts the project as an effective response to the tensions between communities and their police departments across the country. “When low-income children of color and the police officers who serve them know each other by name, and can sit down together to joke and laugh and talk about who they are as people, our community is doing much more than fighting crime. We’re building lives together. It’s why our officers want to come to work in small towns, and it’s a source of comfort and security for at risk children. Six years of connections have built an enduring trust, and every Kennett resident should be proud to live in a place where cops and at-risk kids are friends.”
For more information on the event, please contact Ethan Cramer at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (302) 293-1854.
The Joseph & Sarah Carter Community Development Corporation, or Carter CDC, is a 14-year-old grassroots organization serving a diverse population of approximately 500 people in 100 households in the Historic East Linden Neighborhood in Kennett Square, as well as the southern Chester County community-at-large. We are a community organization run by members of the community we serve. We work in the areas of education, crime prevention, nourishment, affordable housing, and resident advocacy, resulting in improved quality of life. One of our board members, Chief of Police Zunino, says that as a result of CDC’s efforts and strong leadership, “disorderly conducts” are down from 53 in 2009 to 3 in 2013, and “crimes against families and children” have been reduced from 71 to 17. These numbers show that Carter CDC’s efforts are bringing about cycle breaking change. We are proud of our community’s remarkable successes, which State Representative Chris Ross has called a “national model” for neighborhood revitalization. We know we have much more to do to keep our at-risk neighborhood and its young people moving forward, and we appreciate the support of those who make it possible for us to make a real difference, right at the heart of Kennett Square. For more information Contact: LaToya Myers, Executive Director, email@example.com
Location: Historic East Linden