Police suggest they move, residents say | The Columbus Dispatch

Allen Carrel keeps his eyes open in Ganthers Place. Allen Carrel recently called police to tell them about the latest drug deal he watched go down in his South Side neighborhood. Full Story
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Ron

Columbus, OH

#1 Oct 29, 2009
You are not going to get citizen support when you tell them to move out, do your job or quit.
I was told the same thing a few years ago and it made me very angry so I filed a complaint.
No on 2

United States

#2 Oct 29, 2009
Haha, and Coleman wanted more income tax money to keep up the top notch police force.
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#4 Oct 29, 2009
If they put more doughnut shops in those neighborhoods then they'll get more police protection.
MarcD

Columbus, OH

#6 Oct 29, 2009
Looks like apathy at it's finest. The citizens want to clean up the neighborhood and the cops don't want to earn their pay and do their job. The cops only have to contend with life in "bad" neighborhoods for the duration of their shift and have no real interest in the well-being of the citizens in the area.

I can't place all the blame on the CPD.... after charges are filed and arrests made, the courts let the perps off the hook. It becomes a case of 'why bother', even if the cop started his/her career with good intentions it soon turns to apathy without cooperation from the judicial system. Perhaps if those involved in the law enforcement agencies were required to live in the neglected areas on a 24hr basis for a month and get to know the neighbors, they might actually see the people and not just a paycheck.
Hayduke

Marysville, OH

#7 Oct 29, 2009
How many Columbus Police Officers actually live in the City of Columbus ????

It was the Police union that pushed for the state law prohibiting cities from requiring police officers to live in the city they work for..

Cleveland required them to live in Cleveland.....

The people in the high crime areas don't make $55,000.00 -$65,000.00 that police officers make....they can't afford to "move out"
Eddie C

Newark, OH

#8 Oct 29, 2009
That's what you get when you pass an income tax increase...more is less.
Sad Indian

Dayton, OH

#9 Oct 29, 2009
lfod wrote:
The TRUTH is a B idouble itch. But we are on our way to being detroit 2 with 7000 dollar houses and crckheads and gangbangers on every corner. Ain't hope and change grand!
With hateful people like you living in Columbus, we are already there.

YOU ARE THE PROBLEM, LFOD!
Angry Young American

Circleville, OH

#10 Oct 29, 2009
"I know it's very frustrating for officers on the street, we're so overworked. We want citizens' support."

Then why not switch to another line of work?

This is what we're paying for with our increased taxes?
Jeff

Columbus, OH

#11 Oct 29, 2009
dave wrote:
the cop is right......if you dont like where your living, then move.....stop bitching to everyone....if your man enough stop hiding in your house and go out there and stop them....lol...i bet your not....you would rather be in your house looking out your window and call the cops everytime you see someone doing something you think is wrong......your just a little ****.
As a tax-paying citizen, it is not my responsibility to go and confront the drug dealers and criminals. That's the job of the police force. I work with someone who lives near the Cleveland/Hudson area. When her home alarm went off, the alarm company called the police and the police never showed. When she calls the police to report gunshots or other criminal activity, they often never show up or take over an hour to show. Citizens can show their desire to clean up their neighborhoods by calling the police, but we need to demand that the police respond to problems in all of our neighborhoods.
nomore_coleman

Columbus, OH

#12 Oct 29, 2009
How about we spend $6 million on a new crack den..oops Park downtown for the gangers and hookers, that will clean up the area. Most of these people can not move. Christ they can not even feed themselves. One more case of scum Coleman and lazy F'ing cops and their unions. best thing that could happen is the police and FIRE gets cut and taxes stay down! Ifod is right, this city will make Detroit seem awesome in a couple more years. And A-holeman and his cops would piss themselves if they had to spend 1 minute in those hoods. Load up the 9's and call Bronson..bang!!!
Bill

United States

#13 Oct 29, 2009
Gee Dave, do you often approach armed drug dealers and tell them to stop? Or are you one of the drug dealers that like it when the police don't show? You have no clue.
religioniscrazee

United States

#14 Oct 29, 2009
Is it true Columbus Police are the 3rd laziest in the country?
Apathetic

Columbus, OH

#15 Oct 29, 2009
The police would rather pick on law abiding citizens for petty annoyances. Writhing tickets makes money for the city. Arresting and prosecuting criminals cost money. "Serve and Protect" What a joke.
talk radio man

Columbus, OH

#16 Oct 29, 2009
What I want to see is just one of those politicians that are telling the police not to tell the people to move, to move there.
High Hopes

Westerville, OH

#17 Oct 29, 2009
dave wrote:
the cop is right......if you dont like where your living, then move.....stop bitching to everyone....if your man enough stop hiding in your house and go out there and stop them....lol...i bet your not....you would rather be in your house looking out your window and call the cops everytime you see someone doing something you think is wrong......your just a little ****.
Well, when you look out the window, and see someone pull eight scripts out of their car and go from vehicle to vehicle distributing them, or prostitution "going down" at the curb and you have children in your house-what would you do?

Since: Oct 09

Columbus, OH

#18 Oct 29, 2009
So what's the solution? MORE police would help! Columbus City Council says that they don't want officers telling people to move and that's understandable, but give the Police Department more resources and perhaps the real solution could be found. These officers are overworked, a single officer cannot be in more than one place at one time and cannot be everywhere at once. Instead of council admonishing the Police Department, give them what they really need--the resources to do their jobs so that residents can feel safe in their neighborhoods.
nomore_coleman

Columbus, OH

#20 Oct 29, 2009
Carol from Pickerington wrote:
So what's the solution? MORE police would help! Columbus City Council says that they don't want officers telling people to move and that's understandable, but give the Police Department more resources and perhaps the real solution could be found. These officers are overworked, a single officer cannot be in more than one place at one time and cannot be everywhere at once. Instead of council admonishing the Police Department, give them what they really need--the resources to do their jobs so that residents can feel safe in their neighborhoods.
Carol- have some coffee and wake up, we just gave and I emphasize the word gave them a 25% increase in tax. Just because coleman needs to waste it on parks and his multi million dollar FAT office of people who do nothing is not an excuse. QUIT giving these politicians a break they need to go !!!!!!!!!! all of them, and the rest the idiots running this city. they have no clue. HICKS!!!!
911 isa joke in your town

West Jefferson, OH

#21 Oct 29, 2009
High Hopes wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, when you look out the window, and see someone pull eight scripts out of their car and go from vehicle to vehicle distributing them, or prostitution "going down" at the curb and you have children in your house-what would you do?
He would go out and run his competition away from his "spot".
nomore_coleman

Columbus, OH

#22 Oct 29, 2009
Bill wrote:
Gee Dave, do you often approach armed drug dealers and tell them to stop? Or are you one of the drug dealers that like it when the police don't show? You have no clue.
Dave probably is on welfare in front of his computer all day. Or works for Coleman
Steve

Gallipolis, OH

#23 Oct 29, 2009
I would think that if someone at the police department is telling residents that it would be on tape somewhere. Doesn't Columbus tape all of their telephone calls? Id someone is actually doing that they should be FIRED. If it isn't on the phone, are residents getting the name of the officer or their car number? Are they REPORTING that to anyone at city hall. People should be able to live in oeace and if they do need help, the police department should be responsive to their needs, NOT tell them to move somewhere else!

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