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Put jobs first, not police

April 15, 2014

To the Editor: On April 8, the Sentinel reported that the Fairmont Police Department is seeking additional officers in the next budget. Fairmont is similar to St. Peter. However, S....

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thedealio

Apr-16-14 8:17 PM

Well-said... reasons given by those who are against adding an officer (and generally against police as a whole) are usually misguided opinions and personal preferences. Healthy, effective law enforcement has so many benefits to the community.

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MartinCountyResident

Apr-16-14 6:59 PM

First, I appreciate the research done. However, it is from wikipedia, which is not allowed in most every post-secondary educational institution. It would be a greater argument if it was federal Unified Crime Report data on crimes per 100,000 people. If you want to make the best argument, find comparison cities and create an mean to see if Fairmont is within the bell curve. Secondly, government does not create jobs, the private sector does. Your central claim is for new jobs, which should be aimed at the City Council to attract business (marketing cost/tax rebates). Third, law enforcement exists for the safety of the community. The greatest age group for criminal acts is 18-24, in part because age 14-18 can not by denotation, commit a crime but rather a delinquent act. Your statistics support more cops for Fairmont. In my opinion, both communities need more law enforcement to highlight the strengths of both communities; low crime rate and high clearance rate (arrests per crimes).

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