LETTER: ‘Has any Council Member Ever Looked at Des Moines Crime Statistics?’
Dear Editor of The Waterland Blog,
Recently there was a story circulated around town about a Des Moines City Council Retreat, in which the council made a decision to select “public safety” as their highest priority in their upcoming 2013 budget process.
At the time I found myself inclined to be a little bit skeptical.
Yesterday I received the Spring and Summer edition of the “Des Moines City Currents.”
It consisted of 9 pages of “City Currents” and 13 upside down pages of Parks Department propaganda.
I searched diligently in the “City Currents” section, for some mention of “Public Safety”
In the council’s 15 word “Vision” statement I was only able to find the word “safe” once!
In their 12 word “Mission” Statement I found the word “protect” once!
In Their 64 word “Goals” statement I found the words “Protect people” once!
!n their 158 word “Short term strategic objectives” statement I could find no mention of “public safety”!
I was surprised and pleased to at least find the Police departments phone number listed correctly under the heading of Des Moines Directory.
The fact that we have a public safety problem the city council created seems, to be too complicated for the city council members to comprehend!
Either that, or they just don’t care.
Has any Council Member ever looked at Des Moines crime statistics?
I wonder if our council knew a total of 1056 criminal acts were perpetrated against the citizens they are supposed to be representing, in our city in 2011?
There were 2 murders, 7 rapes, 37 robberies, 45 aggravated assaults, 8 arsons, 100 auto thefts, 230 burglaries and 627 larcenies.
That’s not bad enough! In addition to all that crime, our police department is understaffed by 13 positions at last count.
It’s time someone took some action to correct this unacceptable situation.
The 2012 budget could be modified or amended if there was any concern for the safety of our fellow citizens by our Council.
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