Mr. Hesse lives in
June 7, 2008
Good Day Council Member:
I am writing you out of a deep concern over the continuing disgraceful conditions in our city and quite frankly, I’m sick and tired of living in this crime ridden environment.
As a taxpayer, property owner, family man, war veteran and citizen – the only thing I ask for is some peace and quiet in my life. I grew up in
I believe that we need to focus on many of the quality of life issues – if people aren’t brought up to respect the needs of others then it’s time us, as citizens, to insure that law, order, decency and honor are maintained. I don’t understand why you can get away with infractions here that are not tolerated in the suburbs but anything goes in
We need to implement a program which I will refer to as QOL Constables [Quality of Life Constables]. I believe ignoring Quality of Life issues only perpetuate bigger crimes.
Here’s what I suggest:
Hire QOL Constables. They will be trained to enforce and/or ticket some of the following infractions which would free up police officers for other duties:
- Loud music
- Cussing & swearing
- Public drinking
- Parking during parking bans
- Parking in no parking zones
- Other intrusive behavior
They will be equipped with radios to contact a police officer in the event of a greater crime. They will be thoroughly trained and could be hired from a pool of candidates perhaps with a background as follows:
- Security guard – officer.
- Retired police, fireman or correction officer.
- Military background
- Police Cadets could also be used
And so on ….
The city can’t afford this so how will they be paid? The city can’t afford not to …
These positions could be part time
Pay a commission – percentage of the value of the ticket – say, 5-10% vs. a salary. In essence, it would pay for itself.
It’s time for zero tolerance and a no nonsense mentality here in
Stephen E. Hesse