Peru, Indiana has an Aggressive Police Problem.

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IndianaCornstalk

United States

#1 Apr 7, 2010
Ever notice when one goes into Peru, Indiana over the last few months that in the first few minutes of being in the city proper you will see numerous police on patrol? While in town the other day I literally seen a Peru Police Car pulling over a teen on a BICYCLE!!!! The police hide on high traffic areas and lurk in alleys with their radar guns outstretched to nab the slightest offender going a few miles over the limit.

Its to the point that I hate even going into Peru to shop. I have started taking my business to other towns that aren't so aggressive in their desperate attempts to steal more of the taxpayers money for going 2 miles over the speed limits.

There is NO reason for a town the size of Peru to have 4 and 5 police officers on duty at a time. this is a BLATANT waste of taxpayer money and I could justify it if the size of the population and crime warranted this size of force but it does not.
What is going on is harassment and if these police officers look hard enough sure they will find someone going over the speed limit by a few miles per hour. Something needs to be done about this as people have taken notice and a large number of them are going elsewhere to do business and shop as they are afraid they will be stopped for jaywalking or some other obscure offense so that the town can raise money for its depleted coffers.
Justine

Peru, IN

#2 Apr 7, 2010
Have you even noticed how the crime rate has gone up in Peru, Indiana??? Listen to the news on the radio! Have you noticed how kids today are unruly and distruct things because they say their is nothing to do? When we do have something to do in Peru someone comes along and finds a way to destruct in some way! This is not the 70's anymore. Not where you can leave your doors unlocked when you go to bed at night. Not where you can feel safe about letting your children play outside or go walking anywhere for the fear someone will abduct them or harm them in some ways. I'm glad we have a stepped up police force in this town. We have needed it for many years. Have you ever had to call the police and have to wait for quite awhile for them to get to you because they all were busy tending to another incident? If your not doing something illegal your NOT going to get pulled over. I drive Peru every day. I see police around periodically but not like you are saying. I don't see them "around" every corner, "lurking". They happen to be doing their job. I don't agree with alot of the attitudes with the police officers but point is WE NEED THEM and then some in this town. I'd like for them to be able to have more on duty at a time so I'd feel safe that if I needed them I'd have someone right away!
thankful

Scottsville, KY

#3 Apr 18, 2010
Have you any idea how many sex offenders live in Peru?? Go to www.familywatchdog.com and look. Thank God for those officers who looks out for the citizens but especially the young.
Just So You Know

United States

#4 Apr 19, 2010
I was in Peru tonight and not even in town for 5 minutes when I see a swarm of Peru Police, County Sheriff on the corner down from the Square. 4 Peru Police Cars, not to mention the LONE Motorcycle Cop!

They are NOT doing their job when they are ALWAYS at Gallahans drinking or eating. the economy is bad enough, let alone with these aggressive police pulling people over for small infractions that would otherwise be left alone.

Those officers have nothing to do with the amount of sex offenders in Peru and nor will their presence stop it from happening unfortunately.

People want to be left alone and not be harassed by over zealous police that are only out to make more money for the coffers of Peru.

How about we eliminate some of these officers from the force and put them to work rebuilding the horrible roads in Peru. The infrastructure in that town is horrible not to mention it looks blighted and in disrepair. No new business would want to locate there with the infrastructure in the shape that its in. Every road in that town is full of potholes and craters. the streets are dirty and houses rundown. Where is the leadership of that town? My god there are all kinds of grants available to small town. Gas City, which is about the same size has received many grants to beautify and build up their town and look at all the business it has received as a result.

Peru needs jobs and this will not happen when people do not want to go into Peru for fear of aggressive police tactics as well as horrible road conditions. They will go elsewhere to shop and start businesses.
Just So You Know

United States

#5 Apr 19, 2010
BTW kids that are disrespectful and unruly are NOT the responsibility of the POLICE, they are the responsibility of the PARENTS!!!!

If one notices you will see all kinds of ragtag kids wandering around downtown. Where the hell are these kids parents?
really

United States

#6 Apr 20, 2010
Please tell me about this magical crime in Peru. I too have noticed all the extra police, more so on 24. I thought 24 was for the troopers but every time I've been to Peru the past three weeks the PPD are on 24 going entirely too fast only to turn around and fly the other direction. Really? How safe can that be? They won't be happy until they are flying down 24 and run someone off the road. Did I mention they have no sirens on and maybe once they had their lights on. Back to my original point, this extra crime? Are you kidding me? Lady, if you are scared in Peru I don't recommend you ever leaving. Last I checked I can go to kroger at 3 am and not be paranoid walking to my car. Anyway, yes too many bored policemen but that is really no different the 15 years ago when I was a teenager cruising the strip. O but that ended for some reason didn't it? Wonder why....
No for sure

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Apr 21, 2010
Justine wrote:
Have you even noticed how the crime rate has gone up in Peru, Indiana??? Listen to the news on the radio! Have you noticed how kids today are unruly and distruct things because they say their is nothing to do? When we do have something to do in Peru someone comes along and finds a way to destruct in some way! This is not the 70's anymore. Not where you can leave your doors unlocked when you go to bed at night. Not where you can feel safe about letting your children play outside or go walking anywhere for the fear someone will abduct them or harm them in some ways. I'm glad we have a stepped up police force in this town. We have needed it for many years. Have you ever had to call the police and have to wait for quite awhile for them to get to you because they all were busy tending to another incident? If your not doing something illegal your NOT going to get pulled over. I drive Peru every day. I see police around periodically but not like you are saying. I don't see them "around" every corner, "lurking". They happen to be doing their job. I don't agree with alot of the attitudes with the police officers but point is WE NEED THEM and then some in this town. I'd like for them to be able to have more on duty at a time so I'd feel safe that if I needed them I'd have someone right away!
Thanks Justine ! I have never seen anyone in Peru get pulled over for speed under 10 miles per hour unless it is in a highly populated area where children are playing. Most people are thankful for the police presence but we do have a few non police believers who have nothing good to say about police but they sure do want them quickly when they call. As for the infrastrucutre of Peru goes, the current mayor has done a great job cleaning up the down.
sugarbear

Joliet, IL

#8 May 1, 2010
So would you guys rather have too many cops to care for a town or hardly none at all?? Be grateful we live in a town with too much protection and if you aren't doing something wrong/illegal then who cares if the cops are all gathered at Gallahans. Considering they have shitty insurance and low pay ~ I guess I consider our cops worthy of a cup of coffee and also late at night it's Gallahan's who request all of those cops to be there!
Peru

United States

#9 May 4, 2010
Don't speed or do anything illegal and they wont bother you. Most people don't care about them till they need them. Most people like yourself probably don't know that they also will respond on medical calls to help assist EMS and some also have an AED in their car for cardiac arrest. You cant ever have to much protection that goes for Police, Fire, EMA and ect. To all emergency responders THANK YOU for all you do!
Just So You Know

United States

#10 May 5, 2010
Here we go AGAIN with people not comprehending the issues and pulling the "Patriot" routine. The issue at hand is the fact that again while heading into town the other day, I see right behind National City, 3 Peru Police (2 in cars, one on the Harley), a State Police and a County. That is the dumbest thing to say "Don't be doing anything illegal." No kidding? If you do not know by now that police can pull you over for whatever reason they want. They have complete authority over you and they could make up a reason to pull you over, it happens all the time.

Look at the guy who is protesting on the square. I saw County pull him over on the square and within minutes there were 4 cars on him. All they were doing was harassing that man for expressing his views, which he has every RIGHT to do under the law. If you think that police taking advantage of their authority and now following the code of conduct is a good thing then you must believe in a living in a police state, like that of a 3rd world country as you are giving away your freedoms.

Seriously, the leadership is Peru is a JOKE!!! Please tell me what that Mayor has done for Peru? there is no new roads, no new business, no school improvements, no community projects. Like I said, the roads are horrible, the houses blighted. It makes NO sense that there are all these GOP leaders when they have done nothing to benefit that town. Hopefully that will change soon.
happy

Toledo, OH

#11 Aug 25, 2010
IndianaCornstalk wrote:
Ever notice when one goes into Peru, Indiana over the last few months that in the first few minutes of being in the city proper you will see numerous police on patrol? While in town the other day I literally seen a Peru Police Car pulling over a teen on a BICYCLE!!!! The police hide on high traffic areas and lurk in alleys with their radar guns outstretched to nab the slightest offender going a few miles over the limit.
Its to the point that I hate even going into Peru to shop. I have started taking my business to other towns that aren't so aggressive in their desperate attempts to steal more of the taxpayers money for going 2 miles over the speed limits.
There is NO reason for a town the size of Peru to have 4 and 5 police officers on duty at a time. this is a BLATANT waste of taxpayer money and I could justify it if the size of the population and crime warranted this size of force but it does not.
What is going on is harassment and if these police officers look hard enough sure they will find someone going over the speed limit by a few miles per hour. Something needs to be done about this as people have taken notice and a large number of them are going elsewhere to do business and shop as they are afraid they will be stopped for jaywalking or some other obscure offense so that the town can raise money for its depleted coffers.
I think they need to have all these cops patroling but they need to do it in my neighborhood more. Their are a lot of people in my neighborhood that are cooking or either doing Meth. And they need to catch them and have them throne in jail. They really get stupid when they are on that stuff and their are children and elderly people living in my neigborhood and that stuff is toxic.They don't even care about other people.
happy

Toledo, OH

#12 Aug 25, 2010
Peru wrote:
Don't speed or do anything illegal and they wont bother you. Most people don't care about them till they need them. Most people like yourself probably don't know that they also will respond on medical calls to help assist EMS and some also have an AED in their car for cardiac arrest. You cant ever have to much protection that goes for Police, Fire, EMA and ect. To all emergency responders THANK YOU for all you do!
That is right people are not that way until they need one.
Whatever

United States

#13 Aug 31, 2010
Whenever our family goes into town within at least 10 minutes you see someone pulled over. The other day ass a matter of fact we were going out towards the Farm Store and had one cop in the Charger damn near run us off the road right there by Mr. Wienie. He first was going south towards downtown the he u=turned and sped past us and didn't have lights or sirens on. He flew by us, passing us on the right side of the road. In my opinion they are predatory in the way they "Lay in wait" all over town. they are supposed to be a presence but not harass people and "Looking" for things to pull you over on. We don't even like to shop in Peru anymore because one runs the chance of being pulled over for something stupid. There would not be that much crime in Peru if something was done about a few things like planning and jobs. WHy would the city allow trailer parks in the middle of town? Like the nasty one there by Marshes? Not to mention the city just looks dirty with all the run down buildings in downtown and along Main and Broadway. there needs to be a stricter area plan and enforce city codes better, get rid of the Riff Raff. Also, beautify and Green Up the City. Reinvent the city as a Green Community, install WiFi everywhere, update the Library and the Y. Make it a better place to attract new businesses and people. It can be done with the right leadership, but of course you have a city ran by Republicans and they only care about their own interests and not that of the community. That is obvious, look at what the leadership of Peru hasn't done in many years? But hey, Miami County has a new 18 million dollar Prison! Lets invest in Crime instead of the Community, typical Republican thinking.
sparkygirl

Logansport, IN

#14 Sep 14, 2010
Whatever wrote:
It can be done with the right leadership, but of course you have a city ran by Republicans and they only care about their own interests and not that of the community. That is obvious, look at what the leadership of Peru hasn't done in many years? But hey, Miami County has a new 18 million dollar Prison! Lets invest in Crime instead of the Community, typical Republican thinking.
The prison created jobs... for the prisoners. They make wiring harnesses there for RV's, Mobile homes, trailers, etc. Putting other local companies out of work because they can't compete with prison labor only being paid .30 an hour. and yes, that is Thirty CENTS an hour.

When i lived in Peru back in 1990, I saw a man leading police on a chase, wreck his vehicle. They dragged him out and were beating him with their sticks. I screamed out. "Stop it Stop it! I'm Watching!! I'm going to report this! STOPP!!" and was told to get back inside before they arrested me for disorderly conduct. I reported them. My friends who were with me reported them. Nothing happened to them. I felt i should have done more to get involved and stopped that man from being beaten, but i was afraid of what they would do to me. I had heard of the police rapes of young girls and i was only 19 at the time. I regret being such a coward.

That is why I'm so obsessed with this Bisard case down in Indy and am on the Facebook website and always telling people about it. The more the public gets involved, the less they can hide.
Whatever

United States

#15 Sep 28, 2010
@sparkygirl

I think I know who that was that you witnesses being beaten. Do you remember the name of the person? Was it Curt Applegate?

Anyway, Peru has had many opportunities to reinvent itself. The number of people that visit that town as a result of the Mississinewa Reservoir is staggering and the city has basically done nothing to attract more visitors based on that attraction. It could have made the city into a quaint little boating and marina town with little shops and such. Not to mention it is located on the Wabash River which is another great asset that the City has failed to utilize. The fact is that it is a run down town that the leadership in Peru has done nothing about, crime is bad, the poverty levels are growing and still nothing is being done.

As far as the ridiculous amount of money spent for the new county jail, it is a sad state of affairs when a company will spring for investing in criminals rather than investing in infrastructure, creating jobs and educating the community. That is one major problem with creating jobs is that companies want educated cities and towns to locate in and they will not choose a city that does not an educated workforce higher than GED or less, even High School Diplomas are just basic levels that companies do not want. Also, companies want cultural activities and green communities that offer potential employees places to live that promote well being and stimulating environments.

There MUST be a leadership change in Peru if the city is to survive, as the GOP has done nothing but invest in crime and keeping the jobs of the police shored up. That must be why the police are so aggressive, they have to keep that 18 millions dollar jail full to justify it and keep getting more money per prisoner from he state.
WALTER CAMPBELL JR

United States

#16 Jan 4, 2011
i'd love to comment on the motor cycle cop that has been known to hide in bushes more then once on north Broudway trying to catch speeder's this police officer has no business on the force all he trying to do is get a feather in his cap , i wouldn't trust this police officer to watch my dog , in my opinon this officer has no feelings for anyone .HE"S COLD BLOODED , now i'd like to comment on the whole force , i feel it's very wrong to say the whole police dept is bad , and if thats how you feel then your way off base , and i wouldn't concider you very smart at all we have some damn good police officers on the force , and we have some damn bad ones too , it only takes a few bad officers to give the whole force a bad name .
i treat police officers how they treat me if they respect me , i respect them , if there a asshole i can be a asshole as well , think twice before you put peru police dept down i know some good officers on our force that gave me respect along with a great personality
madgirl

Mooresville, NC

#17 Feb 23, 2011
Just So You Know wrote:
BTW kids that are disrespectful and unruly are NOT the responsibility of the POLICE, they are the responsibility of the PARENTS!!!!
If one notices you will see all kinds of ragtag kids wandering around downtown. Where the hell are these kids parents?
Yes it is the parents responsibility, however we lived in Peru and had a troubled child and he was doing things that he should have been in trouble with the law repeatedly. As parents we were there and got no support from authorities and school. Luckily, we were able to move out of the town and I am grateful!
Jarrod

Tampa, FL

#18 Feb 25, 2011
I donít know how many of you are aware of this but you should try and notice how many of the police you see are actually from Indiana. Cops as well as military from all over the US come to Peru for the drug/bomb/attack dog handlers course here. Itís funny because they cracked down on the non-local cops that were speeding and give them tickets all the time. I am here for the course and last week there were at least 30 different police, state, and sheriff cars in the parking lot. Itís not a waste of tax payers money locally I am willing to bet most of what you see arenít local to the state.
sassqwatch

Chicago, IL

#19 Mar 31, 2011
peru is a white trash paradise full of police parasites.
resident

Indianapolis, IN

#20 Apr 3, 2011
Don't know where u r sassqwatch, but I take it u know about white trash. So u must be a white trash parasite. Every town has it's problems & ur town is no different. R u the problem in ur town?

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