Everyone seems to think that the county police needs to grow and be bigger. So now we’re going to have 40 new officers hired and more to come in the near future and they’re promising us they can do this without raising taxes.
How do they plan on getting the $3.3 million dollars to pay for this expansion?
That’s the important question that isn’t getting answered. Are they going to have a bake sale? Just where is the money going to come from?
And, more importantly, what happens after the county’s goal has been met? Will more officers really mean less crime or will we get more officers patrolling the streets in a vain attempt to keep crime at bay like we saw happening on Franklin Road in Marietta, when they had numerous officers from three different jurisdictions patrolling the area every Friday and Saturday night?
Before we put a lot of money into this we need to figure out just what kind of an impact this is going to have not only on the crime in the county, but on the financial side as well.
They also plan on hiring about 40 more within the next year or so. So if that’s not going to be paid for by taxes then where are they going to get the money?
I can easily see why it would seem like the best thing to do is to hire these extra officers, but people shouldn’t just accept the first solution that’s offered to us. First we have to determine just how feasible the solution is and work our way from there.