Saturday, January 07, 2006

Mail Bag: Trash, Trash & More Trash #3

I love it when people take the time to respond to my posts on this blog, even when they don't leave their names. An anonymous users wrote in after my post on illegal dumping in Warrendale to say:
Interesting Observation! I agree that overall we do not have as many police officers on the streets as we would like, you always want more. But, I can say that there are more police officers than before the restructuring, which is definitely a good thing.

Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick definately deserves credit for reorganizing the Detroit Police Department and putting 100 more officers on patrol. However, according to the Detroit Police Officers Association, we lost more than 500 officers during Ella Bully-Cummings tenure as chief of police. That is in addition to the officers lost during Jerry Oliver's tenure.

Putting 100 more officers on patrol after losing 500+ is still a net loss of more than 400 police officers on the job since Mayor Kilpatrick took office. That, in my opinion, is the exact opposite of what should be happening.

And that is why I published a proposal to help turn the tide - by at least a small margin.
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