Police Commander Watson talks about handling crime in the 3rd District
Roderick Watson has been Commander of the 3rd District since
December 2020. In that time, he has developed a strategy, Together We Can, a holistic approach to handling crime in the District, which encompasses Woodlawn, South Shore and Greater Grand Crossing.
Commander Watson’s father was an officer and retired as a sergeant.
the LSAT, Even though I, might not myself wanted to become a policeman, I believe this is something God has said, ‘this was what I ordained for you,’” he said.
actually showing me, this is why he put me here, to let my light so shine before man that they may see my good deeds and glorify my father who is in Heaven.” He added he believes God is what is missing in the streets.
Gang Units. He learned that there is only a small percentage of people who are driving the violence in the community.
interested in helping and figuring out how they can assist law enforcement. He has tried to develop a strategy that includes the community when it come to a crime prevention strategy.
become a part of the community, to police differently, which is including the community and letting them be actively involved.
enforcement can help the community.
which we are working together, and we have a relationship. As I’m walking through the community, I should know your first name. We should be working collectively together, we should have that trust and understand that everyone in the community is not a part of the problem, they can also be part of the solution,” he said.
three percent need resources and help to turn their lives around and make them productive citizen. He added, only two percent might
need to be locked up. With Together We Can, Watson is looking to do a program for Returning Citizens to help reform them and they can be productive and not venture back into past lifestyle.
organizations and clergy, like Sunshine Gospel Ministries. During their Friday meetings, they talk about the crime in the community, and they produce deliverables on how to address the crime. They also look at resources and how to include them in the strategy. There also are Real Men Talk and Real Women Talk series to tear down the walls that divide people and allow for restorative justice. Watson said a lot of the issues going on in the 3rd District is a lot of factors that affect the crime and violence. He said issues of mental health, resources and jobs are a factor.
the complete answer. I must figure out ways in which we can try to help the community with social means.” “If I can help facilitate resources and If it takes me as a Commander I will work with the community to bring everyone to the table and have those real conversations about what we can do to take back the community.
I believe within my District; I can help facilitate that and that’s why I’m
working together with the community to try and address some of those concerns.”