Letter to editor: Let Lubbock voters decide on police substations

Let Lubbock voters decide on police substations

 

Re: A-J front page Sunday, Oct. 29, “City Taking Police Plan To Public.”

This so-called news would be laughable if it was not so sad. Our city leaders are not taking the decision to spend $60 million on police substations to the public. I do believe they have realized that when they were less than truthful in trying to sell citizens on spending $65 million on the Omni building for a new City Hall and then spending $40 million refurbishing the old City Hall for a much-needed police facility, their credibility was severely damaged.

The assertion that police substations will further the success of the community policing concept is nonsense. While nothing new, the success of any community policing project is totally dependent on the work ethic and interaction of the individual officer with the citizenry, both the crooks and upstanding citizens.

I want to make sure I get this straight, an officer makes an arrest, transports the prisoner to a substation, that by the way has to be staffed 24/7, and then another officer has to transport the prisoner to the county jail. If the officer is driving one of the new Mustang police vehicles, you throw a third officer into the process as these vehicles cannot be used for prisoner transport. This really doesn’t sound very efficient or good use of resources.

Even with the expanded staffing levels touted by the chief of police earlier this year I understand that uniformed officer shifts still have difficulty staffing patrol shifts without bringing in off-duty officers to work overtime.

The A-J article I referred to said that the city will be conducting open houses for the public so they can answer questions and seek input on the plan. If anyone really believes that they are sincerely seeking input from the public, I have another dilapidated building I would gladly sell them for some worthy project.

Like many, I have some input regarding spending this money … “Let The Voters Decide.”

RICHARD FOSTER/Lubbock

 

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