Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Violence Isn't Just A City Issue ...

From the D&C's Police Reports: "Candy stolen: A victim was beaten and robbed of fundraising candy and money on the pedestrian footpath between Greece Olympia High School, 1139 Maiden Lane and Fetzner Road on Oct. 28." (Listen up PTA - fundraising can be dangerous!)

From Today's D&C : Greece man charged in beating after weekend party. His victim is suffering with a broken neck & jaw.

SCATS ~~ In the last 10 days or so, I've noticed a disturbing return to an old pattern for Greece PD vehicles. I keep spotting them congregated in parking lots and at local eateries like they used to do before the scandals erupted. The ONLY difference now is that they are trying to be a bit more discreet about it. I've seen the cars behind TOPS near the loading docks and parked behind the Mt. Read Tim Horton's. Yes, I understand the need to take a break BUT three or more cars shouldn't be off the road and everyone on break together at the same time. It not only looks bad, it leaves the community open to other trouble, like getting mugged while walking home from school.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

And why not? The voters have made it clear that you can get away with anything in Greece!!

Anonymous said...

Maybe those are the new precincts which keep the officers closer to their areas of concern like in the city. But we can't afford to have buildings for them so they operate out of their cars close to anyplace with doughnuts. My family has noticed one at the Mobil station/Dunkin Donuts at Latta and Island Cottage. The one behind Tops would be close to Tim Horton's. Am I right? Let's hear from others who have spotted these satellite precincts.

Anonymous said...

They are entitled to lunch and dinner breaks SCATS. Just because you see them congregating doesn't mean anything. You are so judgmental it's PATHETIC.

SCATS said...

To 7:19AM ~~ When I see 3 or 4 cars huddled together in a parking lot with the officers all leaning out their windows to chat, then I know for sure something's not right with the picture. If I enter Carmine's or the Parkway Diner and see several tables filled with officers, then I know my tax dollars aren't protecting me. These folks work in the eye of the public to GUIDE, SERVE & PROTECT the community, not each other, and not the backsides of Rahn or Auberger or some other leech.

Anonymous said...

SCATS:

How many time do we have to tell you.
There is no crime in Greece
King Auggie says so.
You must be one of theose misinformed "liberal" types
From my castle I see no evil.

Anonymous said...

To 7:19
Let them pack their lunches. They will be more fit if they spend time on their feet and not staking out the donut shops in their squad cars. And scats was just making an observation; it was you that interpreted it as a judgment. And we will see where else the cars are "congregating". Maybe there is a reason for the locations. Maybe they want to exchange information with fellow officers privately so it doesn't go out on the radio.
Can you still hear police calls on those home radios? Police band?
Maybe it is a remote location that gives a police presence and makes them closer if a call comes from the Dewey Stone area. Maybe we shouldn't complain that they are there.

SCATS said...

To 11AM ~~ Not only that but I keep forgetting I live in the wrong ward. I need to move closer to Kingdom Hall ... er, I mean Town Hall.

Let's not forget that we're down a sizeable number of cops already. Uhrmacher has said it will be quite a few months (well into next year) before we get the numbers back up to where they were ... you know, 80 of the budgeted 94 number.

SCATS said...

To 11:03AM ~~ Thank you. Let me clarify something. My "complaint" is that I don't want to see a return to the parking lot or restaurant social hours like I witnessed from pre-scandal days. Those activities disappeared after the crapple hit the fan at GPD. I've got nothing against an officer taking a break. I'm opposed to congregating enmasse for social time. Three, four, six or more officers sitting together anywhere is the wrong message to send to the community any day of the week.

Graehaven said...

You're absolutely right Scats, that many congregating together for a demonstrably long period of time sends the wrong message.

On the other hand, it's not the police's job to protect us. There really is no way they can do that unless they are with you 24/7. Their job is to investigate the crime AFTER it's happened, and arrest the suspect - and prosecute.

We as citizens are responsible for our own safety. I carry a firearm because cops are too heavy/bulky to carry. I'm friends with officers in the city, in Greece and in the Sheriff's department - and they will all tell you that.

It's sad - that violence in our town goes so UNDER-reported just to garner an empty "safe town" designation. What's sadder is, when the economy really tanks, the violence will tick up.... a LOT.