Carter's Crime Plan
Money Q from Daily Times:
“I would like to have some members from the community — leaders such as organization leaders, church leaders, also members from the police department (and) from the parole department — talk about safety issues,” she said.
The remainder of Carter’s plan emphasizes improving the police department by hiring more diverse officers, adding police substations and purchasing new technology, such as surveillance cameras.
Let's see, hire "more diverse officers" and "talk about safety issues" with "community leaders."
Sounds pretty lame to me.
The idea of surveillance cameras in high crime areas strikes me as a good idea, which is why I proposed it in a column months ago. Mayor Wendell Butler jumped on the notion and has applied for the grants to get and pay for them.
As for a more diverse police force, isn't Chester's force pretty diverse as it is?
Hiring more Asian women as cops, no doubt, would bring more diversity to the table.
But is there any reasonable expectation this would improve the force's crime fighting abilities? I think not.
UPDATE: Here's how surveillance cameras work in Chi town. Pretty cool.