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TACOMA: Police helpful in cooling ‘hot spot’

Letter by Bill Orrange Marie Orrange, Tacoma on Jan. 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm with 9 Comments »
January 11, 2012 2:36 pm

Re: “Police layoffs may force Hilltop ‘hot spots’ to see fewer officers” (TNT, 12-26).

This article, about reducing the police presence on South Eighth Street and two other targeted crime areas – is disconcerting. We feel that the police presence has been helpful.

Having lived one block away from this area for more than 25 years, we and many of our neighbors know that the many problems created by absentee landlords continue to make South Eighth Street be a hot spot for well into its third decade.

A long-term solution requires joint police, neighborhood and city government intervention.

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  1. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    Have the extra cops that are not on the street, but behind a desk or hiding in the alley waiting for a speeder, spend some time in the “hot spots”.

    We have cops, being paid as cops but not doing police work. Get them on the streets and out of their cars and those problem thugs will stay indoors.

    We have plenty of cops even after we lay off a lot of them.

    Here is what will happen. We will lay off the union cops and we will be able to afford hiring two returning vets. Good idea uh?

  2. Sure, just what we want… a military police force! Sorry, no offense to our honorable vets but there is a big difference between a police officer and a soldier. Two totally separate skill sets required for each job. I would much rather have a police officer/ detective who KNOWS how to investigate crime and has EXPERIENCE.

  3. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Frida, those experienced cops has to start somewhere. A Soldier, Marine, or Airman has a head start on training and maturity.

    One union desk jockey equals 2 vets hired. Easy decision. “I like firing people”

  4. keepinitreal says:

    Really ? Two totally seperate skill sets. Maybe some subtley different.

  5. ItalianSpring says:

    At least there weren’t any fires and that ain’t….. oh, nevermind.

  6. hansgruber says:

    Did you know there are more firefighters than police in Tacoma?

  7. Frida, ” I would much rather have a police officer/ detective who KNOWS how to investigate crime and has EXPERIENCE.”

    I think everyone would agree to that. However, everyone has to start as a newbie and get that kind of experience somehow, before they can be credited with being “experienced.”

    Our returning vets have already been trained, for at least the last 15 years, in what the military has termed “Urban Warfare.” That is a skill-set that is somewhat similar to Police SWAT training, in a broad sense.

    I think hiring Honorably Discharged military veterans to learn how to be good police officers is not such a bad thing.

  8. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    I bet you would find that many police today had military experience before they became cops.

    Problem is many in the force now have caught a social disease being in the union so long. If they can be deprogrammed and take a pay cut they should stay. If they can’t, next.

    Soldiers don’t belong to a union, that is why obama wants to lay off 100,000 of them. He gets no dues from them. Returning vets would make great police. I was a Master at Arms in the Navy and had quality miltary police training and experience.

  9. taxed… writes: “Soldiers don’t belong to a union, that is why obama wants to lay off 100,000 of them. He gets no dues from them.”

    Oh come on taxee….guy! You don’t even believe that line of crap do you you! That would be like saying Reagan laid off all those air traffic controllers in 1981 because they were in a union. Oh wait! That is why Reagan laid them off isn’t it? (PATCO)


    It might be more HONEST to say that President Obama “can” lay-off, through a reduction in force (RIF), military personnel because they don’t have a union to prevent that. But it is totally disingenuous to make the false claim that he “wants” to lay them off simply because they are not union members.

    Let’s knock off the false rhetoric and be HONEST, okay?

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