2012-10-13 / Editorials & Letters

Support the police levy

Editor:

Baltimore residents need to make a courageous choice and support the Village Police Levy. No one likes taxes, but at the same time residents rightly expect strong police coverage and protection of their community. We all know we only get what we pay for, so I believe Baltimore voters will make the right decision and support this levy.

As Baltimore Village Prosecutor, I’m aware how the reduced police force resulted in fewer citations in Mayor’s Court, which in turn caused reduced revenue for the Village. Voters need to know that fewer police results in fewer fines collected from lawbreakers, and that forces all the law-abiding Village taxpayers to make up that financial shortfall.

I know as an Assistant County Prosecutor that maintaining Baltimore’s highly professional police department as a 24/7 force is needed due to rising crime rates. Our region has seen an increase in drug-related crime, including burglaries and thefts fueled by more addicts stealing to feed their habit. Sadly, not even a small tight-knit community like Baltimore has been immune to this trend.

Sheriff Phalen does an excellent job, but his department has also suffered cuts and thus does not maintain a Sheriff’s cruiser exclusively to Baltimore when our Village Police has no one on duty. Every resident understands the stakes involved when choosing between a local 24/7 police department able to respond within a couple minutes, versus a potential 15-20 minute response from our dedicated, but already badly stretched, Sheriff’s Office.

This is the real choice Baltimore voters face on November 6th, so please support the Police Levy.

Darren L. Meade
Baltimore Village Prosecutor
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Fairfield County

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