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October 16, 2009

Letters to the Editor: October 15, 2009

Implication unfair to police chief



I concur wholeheartedly with your editorial of Oct. 8, but would like to elaborate on the data that is available on a regular basis toátrustees regarding incidence of crime and police response in the Village of Cooperstown.



Each month in the Board packets we trustees receive prior to ourámonthly meetings, the Police Chief provides a computer printout detailing all of the calls for service to which the police respond.



This spreadsheet includes detailed information, including the date, time, location, call category, and a brief description of everyáincident. From my first day in office, this regular source of data onáthe work of the police department has helped to inform the police-related decisions I have made on the Board. When this year’s Village budget failed to provide enough funding forá24/7 police coverage, the Police Chief responded on May 1 by providingáthe trustees with a 7-page memo outlining shift coverage and policeásalary and budget information.



The memo made clear the cuts inácoverage that would be necessary. This information was discussed atáseveral public meetings in May, June and July. Some trustees continued to ask for more data, which in my opinion was redundant, given the information already in hand.



However, in response, the Chief spent hours reviewing roughly 3,500 calls for service during theápreceding 12-month period.



She reported her summary verbally at the August Board meeting, detailing the percentages of police calls byáshift and priority for each month of the year.



To hear implications made that the Police Chief has been less thanáforthcoming with data, or that the lack of 24/7 coverage is somehow aámanagement and not a financial issue, is terribly unfair to the Police Chief. I find the Chief to be a person of great integrity as well as an innovative leader for the department.

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