After reading your last post Capricorn1, I'm in total agreement with you on this topic.
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Capricorn1, 48 officers on Street duty? How many officers actually patrol the City?
Nobody, the park is suppose to be closed from dusk to dawn and that needs to be enforced. I agree that an increased presence needs to be concentrated in that area and I also agree that officers need to get out of their cars more often. And I also feel that more officers need to be hired so that troubled areas can be saturated more often. However, I also feel the community needs to organize and follow through with the promises they made last year regarding working with authorities to keep the park clean and safe. They have to help themselves and a well organized neighborhood watch with maximum participation would go a long way and it would also show the authorities that they are actively working on assisting them in keeping the area safe. All of this could have been avoided if the community had followed through as they stated they would.
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Hi Capricorn1, I understand your point, but I don't see why it would require any additions to the police force.
That area is one of the top problem spots in the city, so it seems to me that a cop should be stationed in that immediate area just as a matter of normal business.
But, if it did take hiring two more cops, I'm still in favor of it.
We need more police who actually walk a beat. Do any police walk nowadays?
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Nobody, any ideas where to get the manpower to station a couple of cops in Memorial Park? The current force has 48 officers that respond to 15,000 calls a year. Are the tax payers willing to fork out the cash to hire extra officers to babysit those in the park or perhaps the community can start helping itself like they vowed to do last year. Like I have said before, perhaps they should organize, meet with the neighbor watch for Brandon Park, and get some ideas on how to assist in keeping their park clean and safe.
Portattack: "am i the only person who thinks its offensive calling everyone that plays basketball at memorial park monkeys or animals."
No, you're not alone. It's very offensive to me, and should be to every human being.
Central Park has cops all over the place, since Mayor Guilliani. And it dramatically reduced crime of all sorts.
Memorial Park sure aint't Central Park, but as in Central Park, a cop or two stationed there would all but eliminate the problem.
Taking the hoops down will never reduce crime, and it is at best reactive. A police presence is proactive and will work.
Disagree, but please tell me why I'm wrong because I'm often wrong.
am i the only person who thinks its offensive that other ppl in the community are calling everyone that plays basketball at memorial park monkeys or animals. u should be ashamed of yourselves one person left garbage and its the communities responsibility to clean and upkeep the parks, send over some ppl who are doing community service to clean it up. Stop complaining and blaming so called drug dealers, it was probably a teenager, could have been ur teenager. Not everyone who plays ball at the park is a criminal stop treating them like they are.
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The people in the community surrounding the park vowed last year to organize and help keep the park clean and safe. Obviously they did not live up to that commitment and once again they are pointing fingers and placing blame. Until the community decides to take an active role and show everyone involved that this behavior will not be tolerated, nothing will change. Tax payers should not have to pay for the police and parks departments to be a constant presence while the community turns their back and allows it to happen.
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I see RealAmericanTroll is at it again.
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Good luck with the respect thing... The thugs who use the "hoops" will never have respect for anyone let alone themselves...
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So sad, but these are the type of people we are dealing with. they have no respect for their own property so why have respect for someone elses. The decent people of this area are running out of places to go.
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Clearly, removing the hoops was effective. Now the animals have turned over the picnic tables. Check out WNEP's website "Vandals Hit Memorial Park".
So, it looks like the picnic tables need to be the next thing to go.
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Ray you are right the city is not their babysitters and they should take down the hoops. The school system also should not be babysitting.. Close down all public schools and let the free !market decide. Stop all scholastic sports too
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Remove all the basketball hoops from all the parks,THE CITY IS NOT YOUR BABYSITTER. People should not have children that they don't want to take care of NEITHER SHOULD THE SYSTEM GIVE PEOPLE BENEFITS FOR HAVING CHILDREN THEY DON'T WANT.
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The question is a farce, no the removal of the basketball hoops will not deter crime as much as telling the police they need to sit in a park and make sure no crime is going on there. Too many times our police officers get blamed. They can’t be everywhere and if you put them on overtime then the taxpayers complain. The situation at the park is a multitude of problems and it starts with parenting. It not just drug users and dealers that are leaving the trash, it’s also the kids that use it. Have respect for property that isn’t yours and clean your own messes up and this would not have been an issue. Teach YOUR kids respect. It’s not the job of the police to be a babysitter for your kids and making sure they behave. Leave the hoops down till kids learn respect
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Steelman and Gerty are right. Taking down hoops will not deter crime, the criminals will just go somewhere else.
jeff33 what a joke
One of the thing you here all the time is kids now a days don’t go outside anymore, they sit in the house and play video games or watch tv. By taking things away from the children we are not hurting the drug dealers or the criminal activity we are only giving kids another reason to stay inside.
NO! We need to get rid of the drugs first. Young Kids love playing Basketball and should be able to do so. Besides it is the supposed "Adults" doing the drugs out there not the kids! We need more Police presence.
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I think he should remove all the basketball hoops from all the parks! (HES GOT MY VOTE)
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