Letters to the Editor

Police openness

June 2, 2012


To the editor:

I couldn’t agree more with the Journal-World’s May 29 editorial regarding the Lawrence Police Department. The department has new leadership in place and, hopefully, has put old scandals behind it.

Now is the time for substantive change.

The LPD is asking Lawrence taxpayers to foot the bill for a new $30 million facility. If the department wants taxpayer support for this project, I believe that it must now engage in sincere strategic planning, actively solicit input from residents and submit to the administrative audit proposed to the City Commission in 2009. Anything less is a deal breaker.

It is time for the department to grow up and demonstrate to taxpayers its commitment to accountability and openness. I encourage the residents of Lawrence to communicate with the City Commission regarding this issue. Transparency within the Police Department is long overdue.


cheeseburger 5 years, 11 months ago

You say it's time for the department to grow up, yet you threaten to not support the facility expansion unless you get your precious review board.

Who is it that needs to grow up?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

No, she said that if they want to see a bond issue get passed, they'll need to learn to interact with the community in an open and transparent way. That likely would include a review board, but expecting the police to act in such a way is hardly childish-- unless you think expecting accountability from public servants is childish, which apparently you do.

BlackVelvet 5 years, 11 months ago

The only thing I have against a Citizen Review Board is that a certain segment of our population will expect to be able to tell the Police how to do their jobs.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

"Don't put words in my mouth."

You're certainly not above putting words (and deeds) in Ms. Routh's mouth.

RoeDapple 5 years, 11 months ago

"owners of a 27 yo mom and pop local business has been forced out of business"


Oh, you must mean the Marijuana growing buyers of stolen properties. Got it.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 11 months ago

I fully support the need for a new building for the police department. Equipment needs to be upgraded. I would like to see a wish list of what the department needs in order to function fully in the 21st century. Lawrence is no longer the small town that some keep insisting that it is. I think this misperception is because it is growing out and not up. I think it is funny when people are shocked at the idea of a seven story building, what must international students at KU think?

irvan moore 5 years, 11 months ago

i read some of this stuff and realize how lucky i am that i have a life

irvan moore 5 years, 11 months ago

nah, i think the lpd pretty much does a good job, don't think it's possible to be perfect but i think the lpd gives it a good effort to treat the citizens fairly and still make us feel secure

pace 5 years, 11 months ago

I want the city of Lawrence to have a citizens review board. I think it will strengthen the ties and the level of respect between the police and the community. The police and the community are looking toward hard times. I want the citizens review board because I think it will help the police and help the community. I would wish the people who call everyone who wants a citizen's review board as being lpd haters would wake up, they may not agree with me, but the denigration is a simple lie. Present argument. I think a review board would strengthen communication and understanding.

goodcountrypeople 5 years, 11 months ago

I sure had a fun time dealing with the crooked KU police. Anyone who would back up KU's incompetent and dishonest HR Department and their scuzzball lawyers shows questionable ethics and professionalism. The cops are supposed to be upholding the law-- not abusing it to retaliate against those KU wants to harm. Better checks and balances need to be in place.

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