JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: Local cities need to add more cops


Commentary by Senior Writer Jack Mayne

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With the biennial budgets of the cities of South King County about to be finalized, we hope the city councils will seriously consider adding more police officers. Day after day we see audacious criminals on the streets stealing from yards, mailboxes and from inside our homes.

Our police departments are doing their very best, but criminal problems are increasing.

We are not talking about homeless people, the majority of whom are solid, law-abiding citizens, but it is a criminal element that grows right along with the growth of population.

During the recent recession, budget constraints fairly well kept cities from the expensive addition of police, but now the economy is alive and well.

Burien is considering the addition of two officers, partly paid for by a recent grant the city received. The Councils of SeaTac and Des Moines have proposal before them for two additional officers each. A citizen’s suggestion of 18 more officers in Burien was clearly impossible and beyond serious consideration.

But two more are an important and affordable way to increase the enforcement of laws intended to protect our citizens. People are worried about crime and especially as the pressures of housing costs are forcing more and more people out of the cities of the Seattle metropolitan area and into the nearby suburbs we call home.

We hope the Councils will do the right and responsible thing and add two more police officers in each of our cities.


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2 Responses to “JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: Local cities need to add more cops”
  1. John O'Leary says:

    I support Jack Mayne’s premise in this article but there is an important distinction lacking at least for the City of Des Moines. This is not about adding more police officers but rather restoring positions which were cut in the face of repetitive annual budget shortfalls. Certainly the recession precluded adding additional officers but the real story was the recession forced the lay off of already established positions. In Des Moines that cut has been deep and lasting. An entire proactive special emphasis squad was eliminated. This team was the primary squad that dealt with drug enforcement, gang activity, and problem hot spots. The two person traffic (motors) detail was eliminated. The four patrol teams, responsible for uniform 24/7/365 coverage were down sized. So when you saying adding positions you have a lot of restoration to do before anything is added.

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  2. Bob Sheckler says:

    Thank you John. You certainly are correct.

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