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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
The city of Holland, located in western Michigan has been growing in popularity for the past several years. It is the home of the Tulip Time Festival as well as other popular community events. According to the Holland Chamber of Commerce, the event was named the “Best Small Town Festival” by Reader’s Digest in 2004.”
At the top of the list of popular events, such as the Tulip Time Festival, is the Street Performer Series. This event hosts a variety of street performers and is free to the public. “Every week is different than the week before,” says cityofholland.com. It runs from June 10 through August 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Post Views: 321
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
In the beginning of February, Jabber Log reported on the violence and gang activity in West Michigan. The story, set in Grand Rapids, followed a former gang member named Cruz and Mario Alfaro, a youth advocate and gang specialist with the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. In the audio portion of the article, Cruz talked about his experience in a gang and how after he escaped he suffered a near fatal shooting. Alfaro’s story explains his affiliations with gangs and how when he moved to Michigan from California he was compelled to help his community by joining the center and help prevent gang violence through their Supporting Our Leaders (SOL) program.
Two days after the publication of this story a major bust occurred in the neighboring city of Holland.
“Thirty-one accused Latin Kings members were indicted on federal charges ranging from racketeering, to conspiring, to distribute cocaine and marijuana, to various weapons violations,” reported 24 Hour News 8 staff. Ricardo Martinez, a co-worker of Alfaro’s and Youth Advocate and School Liaison for the Supporting Our Leaders (SOL) Program commented on the landmark bust by saying, “It’s a large blow to that gang organization and it is something that has been needed in the city of Holland for a long time.”
24 Hour News 8 staff spoke with Holland Department of Public Safety’s Captain Jack Dykstra and quoted him as saying, “The Latin Kings organization has been around for 20 years and we’re just very happy that it’s starting to come to a close.” Martinez on the other hand feels that the Latin Kings are not done yet. “Although many of the heads of the gang are behind bars, there is several in line waiting to take the reigns.” Martinez goes on to say that, “It’s just a matter of time before they regroup but between the local authorities, the community and organizations like mine, we can help prevent as much violence as possible.”Post Views: 275
By Ricardo — 4 years ago
Hello and welcome to episode 93 of Within the Trenches. I am back from the national NENA conference that was held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. It was an excellent week of networking, learning, presenting and podcasting. In this episode I got the chance to speak with Andrew, an instructor with Public Safety Training Consultants.
This is a very short and sweet episode that I hope you enjoy. I usually record a longer episode but Andrew was about to give a class at the conference. I am going to get a hold of him for a much longer episode in the future so stay tuned for that.
As always if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- How Andrew got into dispatching
- What it was like for him
- A brief overview of the class he was teaching