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How many police officers do you think the city of Lawrence should add to its ranks?

Response Percent Votes
5 or more.
28% 239
1 or 0 — we have enough police.
23% 200
We should cut police officers.
20% 170
4 — exactly what is recommended.
16% 137
2 or 3 — tough budget times require cuts.
11% 97
Total 843


Bob Forer 6 years, 7 months ago

An absurd question. Unless we have department specific information, we're all playing a guessing game.

pizzapete 6 years, 7 months ago

Agreed, isn't there a formula that should be used to determine how many we need now and in the future? Something like one officer for every x amount of people in the city?

Bob Forer 6 years, 7 months ago

I am sure there is some kind of logical and rational way of addressing the issue. Sadly, most journalist abhor logical and reason.

Kryptonite 6 years, 7 months ago

I am sure there is a way to use logic and reason when writing your comment instead of using logical and reason. Why do you get so worked up over an online poll question? This is not an essay question that must take an hour to review, study and answer.

John Hamm 6 years, 7 months ago

Nah, I won't say the first answer that comes to mind. Ya'll figure it out.

LadyJ 6 years, 7 months ago

Figured smitty would be all over this one.

Liberty275 6 years, 7 months ago

Cut and STOP speed and other violation traps.

Food_for_Thought 6 years, 7 months ago

Haha, I had to laugh at this one. Lawrence is LAID BACK in terms of enforcing traffic violations. Prior to moving to Douglas County, I used to live in Johnson County, and let me tell you, those departments over there were UNFORGIVING. Heck, that's one reason I chose to stay in the Douglas County area over moving back to the Johnson County area. Cops over here are A LOT more respectful and reasonable.

kernal 6 years, 7 months ago

Cops here a a lot more respectful here than most cities, believe me! They're also better educated than many across the country, which is a plus for them and us.

goodcountrypeople 6 years, 7 months ago

Ask the conflict-of-interest, back-country bullies at KU like old Ola and those upstanding , gentlemanly types of General Counsel people they have over there. They'll give you a proper pork- barrel answer. Southern-justice all the way--a shock to anyone who hasn't been exposed to hillbillies before.

Per Bernard Harcourt,on this video interview, the idea of" just punishment" has gone out of style. Public policy leans more toward incapacitation these days.

BlackVelvet 6 years, 7 months ago

What, couldn't get a job at KU? Is that why you're always so down on anything and anyone KU ??

cowboy 6 years, 7 months ago

I see cops all over , mostly running traffic speed traps. Got a ticket from a "traffic safety officer" a couple weeks ago. What is a "traffic safety officer". He was wearing a really bad looking uniform. Are these guys cadets or what ? When did we get these , was I asleep or what ?

jimroberts 6 years, 7 months ago

If you see them all over, why do you continue violating the traffic laws. Don't come whining when you get caught doing wrong. The officer was doing what we taxpayers pay and expect him to do, which is enforce ALL the laws.

Food_for_Thought 6 years, 7 months ago

Get out of here with your logic and common sense, Jim!

akt2 6 years, 7 months ago

I hope they get enough more to keep the jail full at all times. Drunk drivers, deadbeat dads, sex offenders, bank robbers, thieves, meth heads, and any of the other deviant types they can get their hands on.

betteratKU_law 6 years, 7 months ago

build a wall between Topeka and Lawrence and we won't need new officers. The Great Wall of Lawrence...

snook3200 6 years, 7 months ago

as soon as the srs office closes you better have plenty of extra officers on duty. this town will come unglued. good luck officers of lawrence. i will be praying for you.

Don Whiteley 6 years, 7 months ago

I find 28% of Lawrence citizens supporting 5 or more additional police officers to be absolutely astounding! When we're closing our SRS office and cutting our public education, we're going to increase the size of our police force? That makes about as much sense as voting to fund the creation of a drive through window at the Public Library.

In Canada, where I work most of the year, they have less than half the police of American cities. While it is true that Canadians are less prone to breaking the law than Americans, you also don't find police spending their time running speed traps. Instead, they spend their time doing REAL police work, so the force can be much smaller. Do Canadians drive faster than Americans? Yes. Does it result in more accidents? No, not even in their large population centers like Toronto.

When are Americans going to learn that government services aren't free. We have to pay for everything our governments provide. Either Americans are going to have to start accepting less services or get ready to pay double the taxes we're currently paying.

kernal 6 years, 7 months ago

Lawrence isn' t closing our SRS office, the State of Kansas is.

cowboy 6 years, 7 months ago

Dear Jimroberts , I didn't complain about the one ticket I have received in the last 15 or so years , I just don't think we need more police , christ they are everywhere.

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