It’s all about the Kids… right?
When a reporter does a story about a controversial issue like the one above it is always a good idea to take a good look at the detail since inevitably there are other stories in the detail, like this for example which can be found in the MLK contract.
Makes it pretty obvious doesn’t it that SPD doesn’t know what to do with their costly and worthless South Precinct, from the standpoint of policing?
One big advantage SPD has when it comes to the City Budget is that they can sell darn near anything to the City Council without the City Council bothering to take steps to investigate whether or not the expenditure will actually improve policing or simply offer up a big Presser.
***The Hillyard Precinct property in case you didn’t know, like the recent Rifle Suppressors, was bought from a retired SPD Cop.
Spiffy stuff… right? The problem is, no one really knows how much these boondoggles have actually cost the Citizens and whether or not the City Council and Mayor will try and find a way to escape during this year’s budget process.
One would have thought that this Inlander story would have made some people stand up and take notice…but no such luck for the Citizens.
You might ask exactly where the concept of having a Cop in a Community Center originated… well here you go it originated back in 1992 with this concept, and I can unequivocally, positively, and without hesitation say that the concept DID NOT include a “Police Omnipresence” at a Community Center intended to provide services for troubled youth and families. The overwhelming presence of uniformed officers and marked patrol cars turns off those most in need of help. The place for building respect is on the street in the neighborhood protecting and solving problems.
I can’t help but believe that my old friends and teammates on the MLK Board of Directors, Bill Maxey, Bill Etter and Bobby Minnix would agree with me, so when it comes to the resolution of this contract issue their input will be critical for a number of reasons.
DO NOT TURN THE ECCC INTO YET ANOTHER FAILED SPD PRECINCT!!!
I REPORT YOU DECIDE!!!