The Mayor of Indianapolis has a Bold! New! Plan! to address what's shaping up to be a violent summer: he's taking cops out of Community Resource work and putting them in squad cars!
Yes, that right, the LEOs who have been doing the Officer Friendly bit, standing in for the beat-walking policemen of yore (which the city can no longer afford and hasn't had for years), are gonna be responding to crime now, showing up in a blaze of light with sirens screaming--
After the crime has been committed.
Okay, if this was a comic book or even a Sherlock Holmes story, we could expect the crime rate to get way better once Moriarty or the Joker had been rounded up. I'm not so sure applying a bigger bandage is gonna work here.
The city has no plans to hire more police; the policeman's union thinks they're nearly, oh, 700 patrol-persons short. They might be high -- no, numerically, I mean -- but they've got a point. You don't get more police by shuffling around the ones you already have.
And you sure don't get better or happier ones that way.
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