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Meet and greet the city's police chief

(ran East, South editions)

Residents who live south of Central Avenue have a chance Tuesday to talk crime with the city's top cop.

Police chief Chuck Harmon will hold a community meeting from 7 until 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Mount Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 955 20th St. S.

The meeting, which follows similar gatherings in other parts of town, is for residents of police District 1, an area from Fifth Avenue S to the Sunshine Skyway.

Tampa Bay and 34th Street S are the district's general east-west boundaries, but at 26th Avenue S, the district reaches west to 37th Street and south to the Bayway Isles area.

St. Petersburg has three police districts. District 1 includes Midtown, an area that for several years has been targeted for special attention in the areas of economic development, housing and public safety.

Maj. Cedric Gordon, who is the District 1 commander, and community police officers will be present.

Community concerns and an update on crime and enforcement top the agenda. There will be a question-and-answer session.

"Nothing prompted it, it's just kind of a chance to meet with the chief and talk," said crime prevention officer Johnny E. Harris.

For information, call 893-7128.