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Monday, May 07, 2012

A Comment Worthy Of A Post 5-7-12


I hope you get elected. You can really make a difference by supporting the city's law enforcement. No one will move a business into a city with an under staffed, underpaid police department that isn't able to keep up with the criminals. We know they do the best they can with what they have but they they need more. They have been ignored for far too long. The last mayor who supported the Police Department was Paul Martin. Look what happened when he left office. Crime went through the roof and hasn't slowed down. SPD was once the premier law enforcement agency on the shore. Now it is overworked, underpaid, and ill equipped. No wonder these animals come to Salisbury to sell drugs and commit crimes. What are your plans for correcting thes problems if elected?

Publishers Notes: Rest assure, the Salisbury Police Department will be priority #1 should I be elected. One thing you will come to learn about Joe Albero, when I say I'm going to do something it will never be a feel good phrase just to gain votes.

Ignoring crime in Salisbury has gone on far too long. We need to face it head on, (IN THE PUBLIC EYE) and work together as a community to make our quality of life and safety better.

I want Officers back on foot patrol and on bikes. I want Officers introducing themselves in the community again, not just riding by in cars. I want to see proactive community policing. Officers driving through our City streets at 5 mph with their windows down at night listening to dogs barking and unusual sounds that might tip them off to crime in progress, not just reactive policing answering to 911 calls after the fact.

The Mayor's job is NOT to run the Police Department. Rather than micromanaging the Police Department from the Mayor's Office, I'll put my faith in Chief Barbara Duncan and expect, (like you) that she will perform and deliver results. Paul Martin was a highly respected man by most. Hopefully one day the community will be saying the same thing about Chief Barbara Duncan.

The Salisbury Police Department will never again experience every day broken down cars and inadequate equipment. Their safety should and will be priority #1. Asking a man to dig a hole with a flat head shovel and expecting it to get done in seconds is just ridiculous. This Mayor will give them the proper tools to get the job done, should the citizens have me.


Anonymous said...

I am all for the police department... but where is all this money going to come from? There are definitely places to cut, but would like to know during these times of economic difficulty how you are going to do this?

Anonymous said...

You can start by minimizing the 3rd floor, you have brass doing jobs that a civilian can do (and does do at the sheriffs office).

JoeAlbero said...

anonymous 9:05, simple. It won't go to the Fire Departtment any more, with all due respect.

I have spoken with Chief Hoppes on this matter and he completely understands. The Fire Department is well equiped and I'm confident they will stand by their brothers in arms and support such a change.

Anonymous said...

Yea Joe I am sure the Fire Department will love budget cuts to help the police department. How will they afford their brand new prestine fire boat?

Anonymous said...

How will they afford their brand new prestine fire boat?

May 7, 2012 9:40 AM

Sell it to buy cop supplies and fire extinguishers.

Anonymous said...

All sounds good, but most of the officers have a hard time communicating with the public.
The chip on their shoulder gets in the way.
If they would stop intentionally trying to brutalize people on the shakiest of pretense, stop taking advantage of the "prominence" and started acting like human beings
They would get a lot more community support.
I don't see that happening here.
Best wishes though.

Anonymous said...

Foot and bike patrols and community policing are the way to go. Getting to know those you are entrusted with protecting (including those considered undesirable) is imperative.

Anonymous said...

I can tell you for a fact there are several officers in that department that would love nothing more than to get out on foot or bikes... However, since there are only an average of 6 people per shift patroling to begin with and atleast 5 beats, they cant really be out on foot or bike. We need more guys...and they need to stop promoting kids who have been on for only a few years and don't know their butts from a hole in the ground.

Anonymous said...

"and they need to stop promoting kids who have been on for only a few years and don't know their butts from a hole in the ground"

So true---too many "chiefs" and not enough "indians."
Dept heads do this to increase their own popularity. Not only does it increase their popularity with employees but it also increases budgets with the salary increases that go along with promotions.

Anonymous said...

I get the impression that you feel like I do Joe, that the purpose of Government is to protect its citzens welfare, not to provide for all. I also agree that some cops have an enormous chip on their shoulders and could use some humility. Give them the proper training and direction and make them get the job done.

Anonymous said...

Yes alot of officers do seem to have a chip on their shoulders lately, something which was not seen in years past. Police officers showed much more respect and in turn were given much more respect. Some say it's the trainers who spend more time playing drill sergeant than teaching respect which goes both ways.
No matter whatever they've been teaching or how they have been teaching it seems to be counterproductive and has contributed to alot of confrontational situations now a days it seems. Treating citizens as how they were treated in training and ordering them around like subordinates isn't effective.
This military like training only perpetuates an attitude with the new officers and does not foster good police/community relations.