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TACOMA: Cuts set city back 20 years

Letter by Cynthia E. Darland, Tacoma on Dec. 8, 2011 at 11:48 am | 8 Comments »
December 8, 2011 12:57 pm

My late husband was one of the primary architects of Community Oriented Policing in Tacoma. He gave hundreds of personal hours away from his family in the evenings to attend community meetings, selling and implementing this plan.

As community liaison, school resource, gang unit, traffic, vice and narcotics officers are returned to primary response duties, substations closed, and relationships with the FBI and DEA joint task forces obliterated, I am more than dismayed that a lack of foresight on the part of City managers will result in the demise of proactive policing, which has had a proven benefit for nearly 20 years.

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