Anyone interested in the public safety of the Lloyd District knows that Mary Tompkins is a tireless advocate on our behalf. She's been with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement for nine years and the North Precinct, including the Lloyd District, has always been her territory. She's also a key part of the good work in Holladay Park. Ann Grimmer, co-chair of the LDCA and marketing manager for Lloyd Center says: "I find Mary's dedication to the people, organizations and neighborhoods she serves to be truly inspiring. She has a natural way of bringing people together for a common good." We caught up with Tompkins recently to learn more about what motivates her.
Q: HOW WOULD YOU SUMMARIZE YOUR JOB?
A: I educate communities, neighborhoods, and businesses on crime and fear of crime. I provide crime statistics, education and training materials, as well as collaborate with community partners such as the Holladay Park Partnership to foster effective programs.
Q: WHAT MAKES THE LLOYD COMMUNITY UNIQUE?
A: The Lloyd District is growing by leaps and bounds. We have a lot more residents here than we used to and will be welcoming even more so it's very important that Holladay Park becomes a place that facilitates safe and fun activities for everyone including children and their families. The Oregon Recreation & Park Association's recent private sector partner award to the Holladay Park Partnership for all their work to improve the park speaks volumes about the kind of neighborhood Lloyd is. People really work together here to make things better.
Q: WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
A: I enjoy working with communities to help them feel safe and to get them involved with public safety networks.
Q:WHAT'S YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
A: I think most people in public sector roles are concerned about the belt tightening and shrinking budgets that we all have to deal with and I'm no exception.
Q: LAST, WHAT'S ONE THING ABOUT YOU THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW?
A: I'm an international speaker on the incarceration of African-American women and their children. I wrote a book on the subject titled Behind Bars: African-American Children with Mothers in Prison.