Last Project T.I.P.S of the year
Posted at: 08/15/2013 11:08 PM | Updated at: 08/15/2013 11:31 PM
It's become a summertime tradition in Rochester, and Thursday, was the summer's last Project T.I.P.S event for this year.
The event was in the Clinton Avenue neighborhood, and wrapped up with a cookout in Samuel Torres Park.
Project T.I.P.S is in it's fifth year.
Groups of one police officer, one firefighter and two volunteers visit homes in the neighborhood. They ask about quality of life issues, and can collect anonymous information about crime and violence.
Gary Mervis, who helped develop Project T.I.P.S, says he's heard from law enforcement about how much this helps officers.
“You talk to the chief of police, state police, that now, people, are not as hesitant to want to come forth and talk to law enforcement and that's so important,” says Mervis.
People in the neighborhood can also receive information about programs and services they can go to for help. Those programs cover everything from reporting crime, to health care issues.