Police chief

Kenosha, WI

#1 Apr 29, 2013
1) thank you for initiating this back and forth on this board. I applaud you being so forthcoming.

2) on the bike trail there is more and more garbage and teens vandalizing the area. I live in leighlinbridge, and they are always at the park, cussing up a storm and smoking, chewin tobacco, and leaving their spitters everywhere. I took the dog for a walk the other day and saw spray painted profanities all over the little wooden bridge by the waste treatment area. I am bringing this up to you because you have proven yourself to listen to the community in here.
Unfortunately, I know kids will be kids and the weather is getting nicer, and I'm sure there is no other real solution than parents being diligent. At the risk of this becoming an opportunity to bash the village for not having a skatepark or some nonsense like that, what kinds of things do you think may be a solution?

Thanks for all that you and your officers do. I'm proud to have see the relationships you all have built in the community.
Chief Harold Martin

Elwood, IL

#2 Apr 30, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind comments. We will do everything we can to help resolve the issues you brought forth. Our night shift brought the spray painting of the bridge to my attention yesterday morning around 6:00 a.m. I contacted our Public Works Director right away and he contacted Will County as the bridge is in their jurisdiction.

You are correct about kids being kids, however as you mentioned parenting is so important when it comes to vandalizing. There is nothing better then diligent parents, and those that care what their kids are up to. Some kids have a tendency to do stupid things when they are bored or have nothing to do. With the good weather comes kids hanging out smoking, drinking, and fooling around. They like to pick secluded places where they have less of a chance of getting caught. If people would please contact us when they see this going on we would be able to stop to some of it, not all of it though. We will however try our best to check these areas out during different times of the day and night. Thank you for your post.

Chief Harold Martin

Since: May 13

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#3 May 5, 2013
It's just sad. Every time the village cleans the bridge up, the kids just screw it up all over again. It's upsetting because the part of the trail that cuts through town is quite nice. We should use these teens as slave labor for public works projects.

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