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Of course Justice Matters and the Kansas Appleseed bowed out...their "alleged" problem solving on this matter is null...They DONT have one. I understand complaining about the rise in tax but the fact of the matter is more violent crime is being committed in Douglas County and our law enforcement officers are doing a damn good job of catching them. Put them away until they can follow the rules set by our society.
Posted 23 April 2018, 12:17 a.m.
Of course the numbers are up...it is a transients paradise. I am sure the police departments calls for service there are up also.
Posted 23 April 2018, 12:10 a.m.
I could not agree with you more....If anyone has any questions about crime in Lawrence, look what is reported on the Lawrence Police Scanner via their FB page and you will be amazed at what our Police Department and community faces on a daily basis. If locking these dirt bags up that rob, steal, and use drugs is what it takes, then I will pay for it. I do not want to see our community downtrodden like Topeka has become.
Posted 22 April 2018, 10:16 p.m.
All dirt bags!!! Douglas County has found a place to house them so they can not steal, sell drugs, break into our homes, and murder innocent victims!! What about Robert Gilmore...he surely has been in there longer than all of the aforementioned.
Posted 22 April 2018, 9:52 a.m.
you do not have an expectation of privacy on a public street!!! This commission baffles me as to why they are caught up with this issue. Is it because a few liberals might be on video picking their butt while walking down Mass?? If so, they have more problems than can be addressed with video cameras. These cameras will not be monitored on a daily basis and therefore, I don't see the problem if they will potentially help the police investigate crimes.
I will agree that Chief Burns' policy is mediocre at best. It needs to be re-written and more specific detail needs to be included. And furthermore, why does he keep referencing his time in Louisville? He was in charge of the major crimes section where they saw a record number of homicides in 2016/2017 under his watch, which pushed them to the 11th deadliest city in the US.
Posted 11 April 2018, 12:20 p.m.
The City Commission blew this opportunity in 2012 because a minority of voices opposed the installation of cameras. It is high time the City Commission make decisions on what is best for the city as a WHOLE!! I fully support the installation of cameras and along with the cameras, posting of signs stating cameras are in use.
Where are the cameras going to be installed? Will they be installed on the corners only? Corners and mid-block? Every block downtown? Public parking lots on New Hampshire and Vermont St? A look at the LPD crime map supports cameras in the public parking lots.
A few issues with the policy...why not make the video available to the patrol officers conducting the investigations? A majority of these crimes occur after 5:00pm, why would the Chief restrict his officers from conducting efficient, thorough investigations? If I am the victim of a crime, is it reasonable for the victim to have to wait until the Technical Investigations shows up to their 8-5 job to receive justice? Authorize the patrol sergeants to access the video in order to assist the patrol investigators with their investigations.
Costs? I didnt see anywhere in the policy if the City is going to charge the media or members of the public for obtaining video. This is a time-consuming process and the person(s) seeking video should be charged a nominal fee for this service.
And finally...why doesnt the LPD have license plate readers on the downtown patrol district vehicles. These cameras are critical to identifying stolen vehicles, wanted persons, various license plate violations, and logging license plates that could be used to further criminal investigations.
Posted 8 April 2018, 8:41 a.m.
First, tear down that pitiful eye sore of a College Motel. Second, why is Lawrence so shy about adding right-in turn lanes on 6th Street. It seems like they only put them in at stop lights, such as westbound traffic on 6th at Michigan St.
Posted 29 March 2018, 6:13 p.m.
I want to thank all of the Douglas County law enforcement officers for making this large scale event fun and safe for everyone. We enjoy your high fives, smiles, and presence...We see you and appreciate everything you do for us!!
Posted 27 March 2018, 5:04 p.m.
Horrible decision on the city's part. Why dont they build a new municipal court where the new police facility is being built like they have done in Lenexa, Shawnee, Olathe, and Overland Park? Doesn't it make (cents) to have the municipal court where the police officers operate out of? They could have security on-site for entry into both the police department and municipal court, less travel costs for the officers and the public, and it would keep the communication channels open between the officers and the prosecutors office.
Now we will have to pay for additional security staff, metal detectors, overtime for officers traveling from the police department to municipal court and back, and even more separation between the two entities....SMDH!!!
Posted 21 March 2018, 9:02 p.m.
Prayers for a quick recovery!!
Posted 20 March 2018, 9:36 p.m.
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