44% OF THE BUDGET!
I want to repeat what Kevin Ressler, candidate for mayor, said in his speech on Saturday because it is one of the smartest and yet simple common sense things I have heard in a long time (the live feed is on his Facebook page under January 14th – click here – I have trouble linking directly to the video).
It involves one of his four pillars – community policing. There was one word and one sentence I could not fully hear and those are indicated by [not audible].
Every single person in this country now knows that there are some serious challenges of law enforcement and within law enforcement. The central problem, though, we should all be able to agree on – and that is easy to define – it is a lack of communication and a lack of interaction between law enforcement and the community.
It is not helpful when the city is allowing outsiders as far away as the other side of York and the other side of Chester County to patrol our streets. This is a recipe for disaster that has been shown to be a contributor in the tragedies in places like Ferguson and Minneapolis.
We need to take an exploratory look at different ways of making officers part of this community so that they care about it more than just as the job they wanted to do but as a community that wants to [word not audible] and get further. And if their response is we can’t recruit them, I can tell you in a country with 320 million people, you can find some police officers who want to live in the community they want to patrol. [Sentence not audible]
Beyond just law enforcement officers though, in general we need to be increasing the number of city employees with city residency, not decreasing them. Why wouldn’t we want the salaries we spend for services to be used for the businesses we developed inside this city? Forty-four percent of the city budget is in the police department. The overwhelming majority of the police officers do not live in the city. This is a failure of economic development – when the thing that you have the strongest control over is the expenditures of your money – are sent immediately into other communities.
** Well, Police Chief Keith Sadler may have vowed to find the arsonist and her killer, but in over six years he has failed to keep his vow. And then LNP reporter Tom Murse, now content editor for LNP and their new publication The Caucus, failed to tell the public that there had been a previous arson fire at a property owned by Olga Sanchez-Reyes and her husband a year-and-a-half before that also has never been solved.
Murse did not report the previous arson fire until I confronted him in the LNP lobby several days later and said, “Don’t you think the public has a right and a need to know?”
* Photos from May 17th, 2013 in front of City Hall were reposted today by the “Must See Pics an Vids” Facebook page. There are now 21 unsolved murders in the city under Mayor Gray (see the tab above on this site).
Does mayoral candidate Danene Sorace think this is just fine and dandy? Has she spoken with any of the families of the victims? Has she questioned the police on why they haven’t been solved? That’s 21 killers loose on the streets of Lancaster under Mayor Gray!
WHERE ARE THEIR ETHICS?
“We have two arsons within a few days of each other, and they are businesses that are similar,” Lancaster city police Sgt. Bill Hickey said Thursday.
“We are looking into the possibility that these incidents could be connected.”
The Lancaster City Police have had over a month to investigate. So, are they connected, who set them and when the hell are they going to be arrested? Will the public ever hear about these arsons again? When will the arsonist strike again?
Click here for the American Society of Newspaper Editors list of Ethics Codes and please check back later today.