It is no mere metaphor that we refer to police officers as crime fighters. Their jobs as law enforcers often put them face to face with men and women determined to break laws — too often, violently.
Removing the most persistent offenders from City streets is a task assigned to three special police units: anti-crime, mobile reserve, and most violent offenders. Members of these 3 elite units are currently working together as part of our “Violent Crime Initiative.”
Between May 8th and May 14th — a single recent week officers working on the Violent Crime Initiative:Arrested 54 adults and 4 juveniles on 172 charges, including 10 fugitive warrantsRecovered 8 weapons, including a sawed off rifle and a sawed off shotgunRecovered or seized 9 vehicles
When the FY2006 budget was presented to the Board of Estimate & Apportionment recently, it projected a drop in SLMPD manpower and capabilities — including an end to the Crime Initiative.
Working with Chief Joe Mokwa (who re-arranged parts of his budget) and Aldermanic President Jim Shrewsbury (who offered constructive suggestions on economies), and taking advantage of a grant from the US Department of Justice, I was able to forward a budget to the Board of Aldermen that preserves police manpower and maintains the Crime Initiative.
The Board of Aldermen have begun consideration of the FY2006 budget E&A sent them. I strongly support the revision that preserves the Violent Crime Initiative.
Read BB1, the FY2006 City Budget (PDF)