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  • Monday, September 27, 2021 1:54 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    The October Membership Meeting is scheduled for October 19th, 6pm                                                                                    Speaker:   Captain Shamonica Badie, Northwest Precinct, SPD                                   

  • Friday, September 10, 2021 11:15 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    September 2021 Membership Meeting

    The Membership Meeting, scheduled for 

    Tuesday, Sepember 21st at 6 PM is now VIRTUAL

    The DNA Board of Directors very much regrets that our status for the September membership meeting is now virtual.  We were all looking forward to finally reuniting and socializing with our neighbors and now, this is no longer an option.

    The Mayor has encouraged all neighborhood associations to refrain from having in person meetings during September, for the safety of all in our community.

    Our speaker for this meeting will be our Mayor, the Honorable Van Johnson. 

    If you have questions for the Mayor, please send an email to

  • Thursday, June 10, 2021 7:52 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    As many of us begin to resume gatherings and social events, the DNA Board of Directors would be thrilled to interact with neighbors over the Summer months. If your Ward/Square has a routine social gathering, please let us know! 

    Email to let us know!

  • Thursday, March 18, 2021 2:52 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    City of Savannah/Emergency Preparedness/How to be Savannah Prepared/ 

    How to be Savannah Prepared/Ensuring a safe & resilient Savannah

    Savannah Prepared 2021     Savannah Emergency Management, David Donnelly

    . . .  from March Membership meeting

  • Thursday, March 18, 2021 1:40 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    City of Savannah/Emergency Preparedness/How to be Savannah Prepared/ 

    . . . from March Membership Meeting

    DPH's Functional, Access and Medical Needs (FAMN) registration information for those with the need for assistance Click for detailed information

  • Tuesday, March 16, 2021 6:00 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    Virtual March Meeting - A zoom link will be emailed to all members

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021  6:00 pm


  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021 6:00 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    Facebook Meeting Link:

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 9:35 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    In case you missed it, watch the Downtown Neighborhood Association's November meeting with guest speakers Joe Marinelli, President of Visit Savannah and Michael Owens, President and CEO of the Tourism Leadership Council.

    View the discussion here >>

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  • Friday, November 13, 2020 11:37 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    It’s almost that time of year again to make our beautiful city even more beautiful by decorating our squares for the holidays!

    Once again, I thank you and the board of DNA thanks you for being a Ward Captain.

    The supplies  have been ordered and as for a delivery date all I know at the moment is sometime around Thanksgiving (I’ll send another email when date is confirmed).

    Pick up of materials will be at
    Georgia State Floral
    101 Central Junction Boulevard
    Savannah, Georgia 31405
    Their hours are
    Monday-Friday 7:30-4:30

    2020 Holiday Decorating Standards. Please note the following:
    ·         Please set-up materials by Sunday, December 6th (or before) and take down by Sunday January 3rd.
    ·         Miniature lights in the squares are not permitted except for on gazebos in Crawford and Whitefield squares. Only white lights are permitted. Lights should not be attached with nails or screws. Shutter/gutter clips are recommended for installation of lights on the gazebos (e.g. Home Accents Holiday Universal Shingle/Gutter Clip).

    Thank you all for the time and energy you put into helping decorate our parks and squares.
    If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 912-655-3479

    Thank you
    Connie Hiott Ward Chair

  • Thursday, June 18, 2020 5:15 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    This week John Picker, the DNA Board member who Chairs the Public Safety committee, met with the Savannah Police Department  to review the crime data displayed on the DNA website.  The stats revealed minimal violent crime that was not a result of either a family dispute or situations where individuals knew each other.  Crimes against property are mostly crimes of opportunity and a result of items   being left in the open.  Please don’t leave items unprotected, or cars unlocked, with valuables visible.

     Also discussed was SPD procedures, and policies, in light of current protests and activism.  The previous Chief, Joseph Lumpkin, adopted much, if not all, of the Obama task force on Policing for 21st Century.  

    The SPD shared the below information with us so that we are aware of their policies.

    "8 Can’t Wait"

    With the nationwide call to action to address use of force policies in law enforcement, the Savannah Police Department became aware of the “8 Can’t Wait” campaign. After reviewing the policy adoptions proposed by the campaign, Savannah Police was found to be in compliance. Despite the recently announced suspension of the Bilateral Neck Restraint Technique, these policies have been in place at SPD for years.

    The Savannah Police Department is committed to the mission of not only protecting but serving the community. This commitment requires the implementation of policies that uphold SPD’s ethics and reduces use of force incidents with community members. SPD will continue training proper verbal and physical-de-escalation strategies to officers and continue evaluating policies to align them with best practices in this area.

    The information below illustrates SPD’s policies on each proposal addressed by the campaign. Complete copies of relevant policies are available upon request.

    1.  Ban chokeholds and strangle holds       

         Neither technique is allowed by SPD policy.

    2.  Require de-escalation training                      

          All officers are trained in verbal and physical de-escalation training.     

    3.  Require a warning before shooting

       Our policy states, “A verbal warning will be issued prior to the discharge      of a firearm, if practical.”

    4.  Exhaust all other means before shooting        

         Officers receive training in verbal de-escalation and conflict resolution       and are required to use the amount of force that reasonably appears           necessary.

    5.  Duty to intervene

    Any officer present and observing another officer using force that is clearly beyond that which is objectively reasonable under the circumstances shall, when in a position to do so, intercede. SPD policy also requires that an officer who observes another employee using force that is beyond reasonable under the circumstances promptly report those observations to a supervisor.
    The SPD Oath of Office, Ethics and Conduct Policy states “any employee that observes serious misconduct will take appropriate action to cause the misconduct to immediately cease regardless of rank.”

    6.  Ban shooting at moving vehicles     

    An Officer WILL NOT discharge a firearm at the occupants of a vehicle (moving or stationary) or from a moving vehicle, except in self-defense or the defense of another.
    Officers WILL NOT discharge a firearm at a moving vehicle in an attempt to disable the vehicle.

    7.  Require use of force continuum         

    SPD does not follow a specific continuum for use of physical force as Officers are to operate under state and Federal law which is defined as, “a reasonable amount force and/or   amount of force to affect the arrest.”

    8.  Require comprehensive reporting

    After any use of force by a member of the department, a supervisor shall be notified, and it shall be documented promptly. All use of force incidents are reviewed by a Precinct Commander or above.

    Link to SPD’s “8 Can’t Wait” Information


    If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact John Picker



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