Even TV-3’s Neil Heinen gets it!
Why isn’t WI State Journal weighing in?
WISC TV-3 did great job reporting the Orchard Ridge neighborhood association’s call for more public safety by adding more police officers to the Madison city budget.
⇒ That budget will be debated next Tuesday, November 12, in the City-Council chambers. The meeting starts at 5:30 — one hour earlier than normal. Please sign up before hand, in person, to testify or (at least) register your support for more police officers and deleting the $200,000 police critic. In the meantime, e-mail your alders now.
UPDATE: More police and fire fighters, kill the police auditor/monitor. Those are among the amendments being offered. — WI State Journal
TV-3 interviewed my neighbor Theresa Drinka whose home was shot at by a drive-by shooter while she was at home. She shows interviewer Amy Reid where the bullet entered her home.
We’ve heard from an awful lot of citizens that public safety is a concern, and they want adequate funding for police services. We don’t know what the magic number is for additional police offices, but we need some additional officers now. Likewise, we’d like to see full-funding of the community-based peer-support initiative that has been so successful in addressing violent crime in the city.
Orchard Ridge neighborhood association, under the capable presidency of Mike Thomsen, conducted a survey that attracted a 20% response rate — about 200 respondents. The Orchard Ridge neighborhood survey:
Residents’ two greatest concerns are
- Public safety: 74% “concerned” to “very concerned
- Having their voices heard by decisionmakers: 68% “concerned” to “very concerned”
Rate these possible reasons for your concern about walking after dark. The top responses were:
- Fear of being assaulted or robbed: 76% said this is “the reason” or “somewhat the reason”
- Speeding vehicles: 77% said this is “the reason” or “somewhat the reason”
How many additional police officers should the city hire?
- 76% of respondents wanted the department brought immediately to full strength with 31 additional officers hired
- 14% would hire 19 more officers now
- Only 6% of respondents would hire no additional officers.
The Orchard Ridge neighborhood assn’s Bottom Line:
We see the physically and emotionally exhausted officers, often working overtime, doing their best to deal with it and more, from drug overdoses to mental health crises and everything in between. Please, focus on making the neighborhoods of Southwest Madison as safe as the neighborhoods along the shores of our wonderful lakes. And let us take care of our officers by making the Madison Police Department a safe, healthy, desirable place to work.