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October 8, 2009

Letters to the Editor: October 8, 2009

Village needs coverage

Cooperstown is fortunate to have a police department on duty 24-hoursa- day, and supervised by a chief who has done an excellent job with the limited role she has been provided. Being a former village resident, and a policeman myself in the village in the 1970s, I feel compelled to speak out on this issue.

Cooperstown needed 24- hour coverage back then, and it still needs it now.

In a recent trustee meeting, Mr. Joe Booan asked several times for ``data’’ to support the need for continued 24-hour coverage by the police department. He asked for information about ``the incidence of crimes by shifts’’ that would warrant 24-hour coverage. That is about as smart as saying that since there were only two fires last winter, maybe we should not have a full coverage fire department or EMS either.

The mayor has stated that the funds can be made available and supports full coverage as well. The police chief states the service is needed to protect the village.

Counting on outside agencies to be available in an emergency is ridiculous and poor rationale to try and justify cutting these services.

So Mr. Booan, here is some data for you: You are a trustee charged with the responsibility of, among other things, public safety in the village. Fire, police and EMS should be your first priority. You have a professional police chief. You are not a professional in this field. That is all the data you need to make this decision.

I would suggest that in the future, if there is not 24-hour coverage and someone has an emergency resulting in a tragedy because of no police response, that those voting against this protection be held responsible. In addition, maybe their home telephone numbers should be published so that if you get no help from calling 911, you can call these trustees who seem to have all of the answers.

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