New police post In our neighborhood, above Common Grounds

My friend Jose stated this week they are shopping for more furnishings to make the Officers comfortable in their new digs. I have noticed a few new items inside and saw one of the men from the Barrio (Tandacatu) busily washing the windows and mopping the floors. These guys were/are serious and have been patrolling our neighborhood while we slept or were in for the night lately and immediately after the gringa was assaulted with a knife near Parque Molinero (last Tran Via Stop on Mariscal Lamar) several weeks ago. Jose has told me they had meetings with the Police, and the Mayor’s Office to make this happen. I assumed it would be happening someday…and Jose tells me the date is the 20th or 21st. of May. In addition Jose said the Police will man/woman this post with 8 full time Police Officers, 24hrs a day. They will have a varied mode of transportation. 

I dropped of a couple off donations Tuesday afternoon to help with the cost of furnishings the City wanted them to purchase. I guess they wanted to see if the Barrio would put a little skin in the game by requesting the Barrio furnish the office, paint it and upgrade the restroom. And they have! More donations are happily accepted. If someone wants me to assist them with the transfer of a donation or you can call Jose Pacheco, 096 846 3648 he speaks great English. 

So, the reason for this re-post is to let the English-speaking residents know of our good fortune and that they should not be surprised to hear an Ecuadorian from our area soliciting for a $5 donation to help furnish the new police station. Jose, who speaks great English has allowed me to post his phone number if any residents who do not speak good Spanish, like me can get in touch with him if they would like to make a donation. Jose also lives at the N/E corner of Parque Molinaro which is also the location of the last Tran Via stop on Mariscal Lamar then onto Las Americas. Jose also sells a hamburger lunch at his home if you have ever seen that going on. 

I applaud the locals within our Barrio for their understanding what this police station here means for everyone’s safety. So, if you would like to contact Jose and make a donation. He has a receipt book to give you a copy of your donation.

Rick Crook

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