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    There was an open meeting in Sosua yesterday (May 21) morning on the subject of the crime rate in the area. The new police commander for the north coast, Coronel Thomas H. Grullart, was there and was the only speaker. He speaks perfect English, having lived, I believe, for much of his life in the US, and also speaks several other languages. Seemed very sincere in wanting to do what he can during the 6 months or so that he will be here to make Sosua a better place to live and he encouraged the people living here to organize because groups are listened to while individuals are not.

    He passed out his card to anyone wanting it and encourged people to contact him direct if there was something they wanted to discuss with him, or if they felt they were not getting good help from his officers. His personal email address is also on the card.

    I'm worried, however, that it was a missed opportunity. There were an estimated 30-40 extranjeros there, but few if any businesses were represented There seemed to be nothing planned, other than getting the people and Coronel together. There was a sheet for people to put their name, telephone and email address, but few of the 40 or so people there did so. Many people wandered off after the question and answer session with the Coronel without realizing there was a sheet to put the info on.

    No discussion about where do we go from here. I hope my concern about it being a missed opportunity is proved wrong.

    The people who organized the meeting deserve credit. It was an informative meeting, if nothing else. But they will deserve even more credit if the meeting turns out to have been the first step in an effective organization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken
    There was an open meeting in Sosua yesterday (May 21) morning on the subject of the crime rate in the area. The new police commander for the north coast, Coronel Thomas H. Grullart, was there and was the only speaker. He speaks perfect English, having lived, I believe, for much of his life in the US, and also speaks several other languages. Seemed very sincere in wanting to do what he can during the 6 months or so that he will be here to make Sosua a better place to live and he encouraged the people living here to organize because groups are listened to while individuals are not.

    He passed out his card to anyone wanting it and encourged people to contact him direct if there was something they wanted to discuss with him, or if they felt they were not getting good help from his officers. His personal email address is also on the card.

    I'm worried, however, that it was a missed opportunity. There were an estimated 30-40 extranjeros there, but few if any businesses were represented There seemed to be nothing planned, other than getting the people and Coronel together. There was a sheet for people to put their name, telephone and email address, but few of the 40 or so people there did so. Many people wandered off after the question and answer session with the Coronel without realizing there was a sheet to put the info on.

    No discussion about where do we go from here. I hope my concern about it being a missed opportunity is proved wrong.

    The people who organized the meeting deserve credit. It was an informative meeting, if nothing else. But they will deserve even more credit if the meeting turns out to have been the first step in an effective organization.
    Ken, interesting that you post this, and please post any other aspects of this or follow-ups!
    Why is the police commander assigned for only 6 months, do you know?

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    You guys really blew your chance. It's very unusual for a police chief in any town to go out of his way as such....

    It's a standard practice nowadays to assign police chief for such brief terms of duty. Reason? I would venture a wild guess: maybe the higher-ups believe that more lengthy assignments might make police chiefs becoming too chummy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirador
    You guys really blew your chance. It's very unusual for a police chief in any town to go out of his way as such....

    It's a standard practice nowadays to assign police chief for such brief terms of duty. Reason? I would venture a wild guess: maybe the higher-ups believe that more lengthy assignments might make police chiefs becoming too chummy...
    As I understand this one is not from here.
    He is retired NYPD and has US Army experience, speaks English, German, Polish and some Spanish.
    His name is Thomas H Grullart and he is assigned for 6 months for now with 80 police officers under him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carina
    As I understand this one is not from here.
    He is retired NYPD and has US Army experience, speaks English, German, Polish and some Spanish.
    His name is Thomas H Grullart and he is assigned for 6 months for now with 80 police officers under him.
    Hi Carina, you neglected a very important language he speaks fluently. He speaks Dominican He was born here and lived for 23 years in NY.

    Escott

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    Quote Originally Posted by Escott
    Hi Carina, you neglected a very important language he speaks fluently. He speaks Dominican He was born here and lived for 23 years in NY.

    Escott
    Escott, thanks.
    Where you at the meeting? If so, what was your thoughts about it?

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    I was at the meeting but I am a pessimist in regards to putting faith in the police here. You don't want to hear my thoughts, believe me.

    PS> In case you didn't know I am Kens Driver! I have the hat and the gloves to prove it.
    Last edited by Escott; 05-23-2005 at 01:26 AM.

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    Carina, as we walked away from the meeting, Scott told he that he didn't have a "warm and fuzzy feeling" about the meeting.

    Anyone coming to Sosua and in need of transportation, I'll loan you my driver if I don't have any plans for the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken
    There was an open meeting in Sosua yesterday (May 21) morning on the subject of the crime rate in the area. The new police commander for the north coast, Coronel Thomas H. Grullart, was there and was the only speaker. He speaks perfect English, having lived, I believe, for much of his life in the US, and also speaks several other languages. Seemed very sincere in wanting to do what he can during the 6 months or so that he will be here to make Sosua a better place to live and he encouraged the people living here to organize because groups are listened to while individuals are not.

    He passed out his card to anyone wanting it and encourged people to contact him direct if there was something they wanted to discuss with him, or if they felt they were not getting good help from his officers. His personal email address is also on the card.

    I'm worried, however, that it was a missed opportunity. There were an estimated 30-40 extranjeros there, but few if any businesses were represented There seemed to be nothing planned, other than getting the people and Coronel together. There was a sheet for people to put their name, telephone and email address, but few of the 40 or so people there did so. Many people wandered off after the question and answer session with the Coronel without realizing there was a sheet to put the info on.

    No discussion about where do we go from here. I hope my concern about it being a missed opportunity is proved wrong.

    The people who organized the meeting deserve credit. It was an informative meeting, if nothing else. But they will deserve even more credit if the meeting turns out to have been the first step in an effective organization.
    Hi Ken....

    I helped organise this meeting and believe me personal letters were hand delivered to some businesses in Sosua and Cabarete. Many people told me that they would attend. Lets hope these people will show up for the next meeting.

    I had many e mail addresses (some addresses were not on the list because I already had them) and crime reports were made which will be given to the Coronel.

    I have started up a group e-mail delivery and a newsletter with what was discussed and further plans. You of course will receive this and I would appreciate any help you can give.

    The next meeting is planned for Saturday June 11th @ 11 am - Tropicoco Restaurant just before Cabarete. The Coronel said that he would attend and encourage people to come to these important meetings. Advertising will be done again and people should put the word out. Information about this meeting will be posted on all web-sites.

    If anyone is interested in helping or getting more information please e mail me : [email protected]

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    I just had the uncanny thought that you'll be working for the 'Colonel' instead of the other way around. Better get it straight from the beginning who gets the reward money...

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