Sterling, VA, August 1, 2013: Americans and many others around the world are angry because of the senseless tragedy that came of the Zimmerman-Martin encounter. While many choose to point fingers one way or the other, a pair of former Neighborhood Watch organizers are revisiting a 2005 initiative that can prevent repeats of the tragedy. A simple mnemonic, “B.E. S.A.F.E.R.” was introduced by Ms Miller and Mr Sheikh as a citizen-friendly guideline for all individuals, including Neighborhood Watch participants. According to a former co-organizer for a Northern Virginia Neighborhood Watch Program, BJ Miller, "Anger and frustration springing from this case runs deep among many people. The tragedy is that it was and is an avoidable occurrence. There is a better way to help yourself, your community, and law enforcement to ensure greater safety, and ‘B.E. S.A.F.E.R.’ is that way. The initiative outlines a simple, step-by-step process that is both safe and effective for all individuals. The process applies to all persons, regardless of age, gender, including those who have Concealed Handgun Permits.”
Ms. Miller and her co-organizer, Tariq Sheikh, developed the initiative in their Northern Virginia community during a time (2005) when local violent activity was spreading. Their goal was to help residents learn to increase awareness and safety in the community without putting themselves or anyone else in harm’s way. Their focus on safety and education improved relations with local law enforcement and positively impacted local crime rates.
Ms. Miller is an advanced practice nurse specialist who works as a clinical consultant and QI/PI specialist. Mr. Sheikh is a professional engineer.
For more information and a detailed and concise 1 page flyer on the B.E. S.A.F.E.R. initiative, contact:
BJ Miller, DMSc, MSN,RN, CNS, OM
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