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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

Comments

cowboy 2 years, 8 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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distant_voice 2 years, 8 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.

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snook3200 2 years, 8 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.

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betteratKU_law 2 years, 8 months ago

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

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akt2 2 years, 8 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.

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Iwetmypants 2 years, 8 months ago

I consider myself to be very much pro law enforcement. With that said, Public Saftey officers are one of the most expensive lines on our city budget. I strongly oppose hiring more police or more firefighters at this time. We need to be sensable and use what assets we have in place. We need to increase private sector jobs in Lawrence not more government jobs.

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cowboy 2 years, 8 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 ?

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goodcountrypeople 2 years, 8 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.

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Liberty275 2 years, 8 months ago

Cut and STOP speed and other violation traps.

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LadyJ 2 years, 8 months ago

Figured smitty would be all over this one.

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OonlyBonly 2 years, 8 months ago

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

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Stain 2 years, 8 months ago

Keep the city safe. Spend what the police department needs in order to do it.

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Bob Forer 2 years, 8 months ago

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

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catchmeifucan 2 years, 8 months ago

Ok. we have over 110 commissioned police officers including administration, investigation, training and patrol. So the eyes are on the petrol division. Anyone who listens to the ploice scanner at radioreference.com and search douglas county public safety can tell.... that the second shift (3-11pm) and the first 3 hours of the midnight shift. The earley shift (7-3pm) does not not have the call for service volume. Clearly, if they would pull a few officers from day shift and a few from midnights into a 7pm to 3am swing shift, it would help with the call volume. Thats not rocket science. Lets look at efficiency and strong management before we increse the tax burden for any of us. In a time where money is tight for all of us, the police deparment needs to be acountable. They dont have a terribly dangerous job. There hasnt been an officer initiated shooting since the late 80's or very early 90's at Haskell University. Thats 20+years without even a shooting. We dont have herendous crimes in Lawrence. About the worse we have a police chases for people who have only warrants and an occasional aggravated battery (hitting someone with a weapon that could cause serious bodily harm or death). Further, anytime anything serious happens in town at least 5 police officers show up immediatey. NONE OF YOU CAN DRIVE ACROSS TOWN WITHOUT SEEING AT LEAST 2 POLICE CARS. This town is not East Saint Loius.

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