I am not immune to the rift between the public and the police. We must repair and restore those relationships and a lot of it will rely on customer service. A growing portion of the population, including those I spoke with in Chinatown, don’t feel the police are providing solutions regarding repeat offenders. I agree with this, but we must also acknowledge the political will at City Hall has handcuffed our police officers from fully performing their duties. I will speak on political will and prosecution later on in this article.
Police presence is a deterrent to crime. One of the biggest impacts we can make is to get police out of their cars and back on the streets of our communities. This should address some of the gaps in customer service, provide deterrence, and provided added value in the efficiency of arrests and overall crime reduction.
As Mayor, I will push strongly, for the creation of 18 “foot patrol only” officers in our core. The cost of this program is roughly $4 million dollars. To put it in perspective, this is roughly 17% of what we gifted downtown developers in free grants.
Let’s get more feet on the street.