Although I am a fan of trees, there is one tree and subsequent surrounding area that has been a royal pain for patrol, CCTV unit, regulatory unit and of course the citizens of Richmond. There is a tree near Nelson’s liquor that over the past two years that Detective Oliver and I have nicknamed “the warrant tree.” This tree is famous for its consistent delivery of people with warrants into our custody.
I would like to thank Nabila Sher at Bay Area Community Resources for putting CPTED into use and convincing the owner (McDonalds Corp.) to take down a tree that conceals frequent loitering, alcohol and drug abuse, criminal activity and numerous calls for service. Ms. Sher has been a tireless advocate for the Regulatory Unit and assists us at the West County Alcohol Policy Group. Although it took a long time for the owner to take action I am confident the removal of that tree will render positive results.
Thank you Nabila!
Det. Benjamin Therriault, Richmond Police Department, Regulatory Unit