As for the second 365 days of Project 365, Sullivan said they plan to apply lessons learned that will hopefully make for even more success on the southeast side of town. The target area has been whittled down and better defined so that it can be given the best possible attention. He said the advent of the city’s new property maintenance code also gives the police department a valuable new tool it can use. Sullivan also plans to employ new tactics to get the neighborhood involved and get the community, as a whole, to understand the importance of being actively involved in crime prevention.
“I’m very optimistic,” he said. “I’m convinced that we can slay the dragon and fix all the ills, but the reality is you can only do so much. This [newly defined] area is more along the lines of where the continual problems and patterns exist. We’ll stick with the plan and the plan has demonstrated success. I’m just thankful that we did have the teams and partnerships.
Giving of yourself to help someone, especially someone you don’t know, that’s a pretty powerful message.
“I ultimately want everyone to understand how safe Mineral Wells can be and should be and, deservedly, everyone expects it to be. But we can’t do it alone. There are a lot of facets to what is a very dynamic equation, even in a small town like Mineral Wells.”