You know, I appreciate that the Police are bent out of shape because they are facing cuts. I agree, crime is bad and we need an active, engaged and able bodied Police force to fight it. However, for Troy Skaggs to make the comment above makes be feel like "wow, did he just threaten the taxpayers? Really?" I know an officer would never "threaten the public" per se, but dang...
It would have been nice if the officer could have tried to ease a citizen's mind and said something like, "We will continue to keep our streets as safe as they currently are, we will do anything in our power to keep it from getting any worse."
I know, the police will have to work harder and smarter. However, this is Peoria, not Detroit, Chicago, or New Jersey. You can make it anywhere in this town in 20 minutes or under and even faster with a siren on. Additionally, considering how bad crime is now - makes one wonder how many officers they currently have patrolling the streets?
I see a market for private security firms. (hat tip to Frustrated). How would City Hall feel about seeing an upsurge in neighborhood patrols? Get Jim Stowell on the phone - tell him I am interested in ADT.