Cooperstown Crier - Your Source for Hometown News - Cooperstown, Baseball Hall of Fame

Letters

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.

Text Only
Letters
  • Please Click Here I have always gone to the library. When I was young, my mother took my siblings and me to our local library at least once a week to select books. I felt I had the world at my fingertips, so many books to explore!

    April 3, 2014

  • Please Click Here Never have I written back-to-back letters to the editor, but so many Cooperstown people have called our home or talked with me on the street to comment on my previous letter about the Furthur concert.

    July 25, 2013

  • Our Readers' Opinions Once again nature is wreaking havoc with our properties surrounding the lake! The amount of rain we have received in the last month is approximately 13 inches -- three times the normal amount!

    July 11, 2013

  • Honest Brook Music Festival to celebrate 25th anniversary The Honest Brook Music Festival has announced its 25th anniversary summer season classical concerts.

    July 4, 2013

  • Our Readers' Opinions After living in the western southern tier for 10 years, my wife and I decided to visit the Hall of Fame today, June 20, before moving out of the area in a few weeks. We enjoyed the museum, but parking in Cooperstown proved to be a formidable gauntlet.

    June 27, 2013

  • Our Readers' Opinions To Those members of the local government who care about the economic future of Cooperstown and the maintenance of its character: Has Town Hall gone mad here?

    June 13, 2013

  • Our Readers' Opinions I applaud the Baseball HOF's move of the Classic to Memorial Day Saturday. I just wished it had not been rained out.

    June 6, 2013

  • Our Readers' Opinions Regarding the April 4 letter from Margaret McGown et al, I understand why the letter's authors are disappointed with the decision of Otsego Land Trust to discontinue renting private dock space. All concerned should understand that we did not take any actions without careful consideration and ultimate approval by our Board of Directors.

    April 11, 2013

  • Please Click Here We read, with great interest, the article regarding Brookwood Point and the statement by Mr. Harry Levine that the Otego Land Trust is in need of donors to keep up the property and raise enough money to match the Historic Byways grant.

    April 4, 2013

  • In Our Readers' Opinions The organizers of the seventh annual Empty Bowls fundraiser would like to thank everyone who volunteered, donated and attended our event on March 2.

    March 28, 2013