540Re: [MPD-5D] re: karen's post
- Aug 1, 2005Many traffic tickets lead to drug arrests. The last three traffic tickets in my anc resulted in three drug arrests. Joey
From: Tobias Kienle <tfkienle@...>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2005 14:25:42
Subject: [MPD-5D] re: karen's post
I couldn't agree more. I'm much more concerned about
drug dealing (which is the cause of most of the
violence) than traffic violations, with the exception
of ignoring ped crossings & school zones. People need
to understand police, and city, resources are limited.
I don't want MPD focusing on anything but the most
serious cases of reckless driving. I would prefer
they focus on the real crimes. An officer writing a
traffic ticket is taken away from his beat for 15
minutes or more. And I'd like to see more foot-beat
patrolling & community-oriented policing. The problem
w/ all the car-based patrolling is that criminals see
the car coming, lay low, then come right back out &
pick up where they left off. Its too predictable, and
the car/officer is out of the area in seconds. A
better balance between foot, bike & car patrols needs
to be reached, which would save money also.
While it may statistically be true that you are more
likely to be involved in a traffic incident, this
doesn't have the negative quality-of-life implications
of drug-related violence. I don't worry about some
guy rolling through a stop sign or speeding. If you
live in a city, you get savvy & learn to work around
that. But I do worry about some thugs deciding my
street is the OK Corral & getting caught in the
crossfire. Violence & hard crime weighs on the spirit
and affects attitude/mood more than minor crimes. I
doubt the people around N. Cap/1st/Bates are sitting
around thinking gee, I hope I don't see someone roll
through a stop sign while I'm out walking the dog.
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