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Police must be careful in arrests

October 22, 2013

Police don’t make an arrest or interrogate a suspect or search a vehicle based on a hunch, a tip or intuition....

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eriklatranyi

Oct-22-13 5:52 AM

A good article on how difficult it is to protect our individual liberty and prosecute criminals.

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Scott36

Oct-22-13 9:21 AM

Erik, I agree with your post. I see it as a very fine line. I have never been involved with a neighborhood watch group, however I can see how they, however well intended, could make a case harder for police if they do not stay within certain parameters. But to do nothing is also folly.-Scott

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JohnMBower

Oct-22-13 10:14 AM

"The police operate under laws and variables of laws, which I believe tend to be pro-criminal"

Yes, we need to get rid of that pesky "Innocent until proven guilty" nonsense.

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ray6770

Oct-22-13 11:45 AM

Seattle, Wa. is much larger than Williamsport and they cleanded up an area as big as Williamsport in just a couple of months with just two officers on foot, but here the BIG SHOTS that run this city don't have to walk these streets like us because you pay them enough to take their family somewhere else. YOUR TAX DOLLARS

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BillTriumph

Oct-22-13 1:03 PM

Scott, you needn't say you have never been involved with neighborhood watch group... It is obvious.

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jeff33

Oct-22-13 1:44 PM

Just give them some STICK TIME, like the old days!

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Pishaw

Oct-22-13 1:55 PM

So, my takeaway from this is that one of these things are true:

A) The criminals in Williamsport are way smarter than they are anywhere else in the country.

B) The police in Williamsport are less effective than they are anywhere else in the country.

You figure it out. You're paying for it.

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Scott36

Oct-22-13 2:55 PM

Scott, you needn't say you have never been involved with neighborhood watch group... It is obvious.-BillTriumph

Ok Mr. Bill, would you be kind enough to fill me in on how you arrived at this overly intellectual post, other than the fact I said it?-Scott

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Capricorn1

Oct-22-13 4:22 PM

I think the common misconception that many have is they hear we have a force of 51 officers so they automatically think we have 51 officers at any given time on the streets. When in actuality there may be a total of 8-10 officers patrolling and that would be a good shift. When you figure in three shifts 24/7/365 with off days and vacation days, it spreads those 51 officers pretty thin for a city of 30k. Would it be nice to have officers walking a beat, sure. But that requires additional manpower that costs money. Like it or not the police department is more reactive than proactive and one just needs to read the blotter to see that they spend a lot of time answering calls. That's why neighborhood watches are so important. They are the extra eyes and ears throughout neighborhoods that work closely with police. The police are not your private security force and they can't be everywhere all the time.

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Millwe

Oct-23-13 9:03 PM

This article is bull! With all due respect we don't have years to wait for the officers to obtain the information they need to make an arrest "stick". And with 51 officers, exactly how many are on duty at one time----I don't get the math above? We have more than an adequate number of officers to do the job. So, what's the problem??? Give these guys the information they need before going into a court room but the best way to learn is trial and error, right? Just for the record, I am still waiting for an officer to return my call from July!! That is not acceptable. Our police department needs brains, leadership and additional training but this city can't wait any longer or hear anymore excuses. To the mayor---seriously, what are you saying.... I don't even understand, you make no sense, pro-criminal, is that even a word??

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