Our city is on pace to break the current murder record. We have seen a recent escalation in carjackings, and just recently an innocent bystander was shot in broad daylight at 38th and Meridian streets.
This trend, as well as the recent violent attacks against elderly citizens in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood, is why I am calling on Mayor Peterson to reinstate the former North District police station at 42nd Street and College Avenue. It is increasingly evident that the loss of this station has had a negative impact on public safety in Butler-Tarkington, Meridian-Kessler and surrounding neighborhoods.
While the police are doing the best they can to be proactive, the mayor's actions are counterproductive to those efforts, and criminals are becoming more and more brazen. The right thing to do, the smart thing to do, is to put this site back in operation so that this area has the protection it enjoyed before the mayor's public safety merger.
I travel that street so rarely that I hadn't even noticed the police station at 42nd and College had been closed. I know I was very happy with the rapid police response I received about 15 years ago when I was the victim of a hit-and-run at 32nd and Central. My car was pushed up on a sidewalk and struck a pedestrian, causing her injury. When I got out of my car, a group of teen-aged thugs began beating me as if the accident was my fault. If the police hadn't arrived so quickly, I might have been more seriously injured or even killed. Police were also quick to capture the driver of the hit-and-run car.