CLEVELAND - Members of Cleveland's Mt. Pleasant neighborhood are taking matters into their own hands and announced an auxiliary police station on Thursday.
Those with the group, the Mt. Pleasant Concerned Citizens, said it's all part of their fight against the recent rash of crime in their community.
"We need each other in order to make this neighborhood a better place to stay," Beverly Moore said.
The rash of crime started in late March with the bodies of 20-year-old Jasmine Trotter and 45-year-old Christine Malone being discovered. Just last week, the remains of 21-year-old Ashley Leszyeski were found. All three women's bodies were found in different areas of East 93rd Street.
Several attacks have been reported as well, including just this past Monday, where a woman reported being forced into a backyard by two men. The attack happened near East 116th Street and Continental Avenue.
"I think it's horrible. I think it just shows the disrespect that's going on in our whole community, you know, from the youth, to the elderly," Moore said.
That is why the community safety plan didn't end there. In addition to a 20-person auxiliary unit, Moore also announced the creation of a neighborhood watch group.
"We had no choice. I mean we live here and let's face it, the police can't do it by themselves," said President of Mt. Pleasant Concerned Citizens Anita Gardner.
When asked who would volunteer for the auxiliary unit, Paul Ewing was one of the only ones to raise his hand.
"That's our main goal to protect the females of the neighborhood," Ewing said.
But Moore said her concerns are over the residents who were not there at the Thursday meeting.
"We can do something, you know, if we try to do it… If we sit back and don't do anything, then nothing happens," Moore said.
Community members said volunteers for both groups cannot have any felonies on their records and will undergo training with a Cleveland police officer. The auxiliary station will be located inside the York Rite Masonic Temple, located at 13512 Kinsman Rd.
Training classes for members of the neighborhood watch group begin June 12, June 20 and June 26 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Everyone is asked to sign up first and can contact Beverly Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.