Sunday, October 14, 2007

Peterson Promises Fall Short

In today's Star, Mayor Bart Peterson talks about what is needed to fight crime. "For a mayor, there is no greater priority than public safety, and there is no more important time than now to act to ensure a safer community for our families and children," Peterson says. When Peterson ran for re-election four years ago, he stated he opposed merging Indianapolis police and the Sheriff's department. Mayor Peterson not only merged the two police agencies, he also turned over control of the consolidated police agency to Sheriff Frank Anderson. If there is no greater priority than public safety, why would Peterson give up control of our police?

"As part of the crime package, IMPD will add 100 new police officers," Peterson says. He adds, "[N]othing beats common-sense community policing and involvement of neighbors from every walk of life." Eight years ago when Peterson first ran for office he proposed adding 200 community police officers and "fully implementing community policing that brings officers into our neighborhoods, closer to the citizens they serve." Peterson promised to hire those additional police officers without resorting to higher taxes. Peterson never hired those additional police officers. He's still trying to get the job done after eight years and only after raising taxes.

These are the facts. Peterson's folks can attack those who say "Bart Lies" all day. Just go back and read what Peterson was saying eight years ago in his Peterson Plan I and compare it to what has happened since and what he's saying today. The truth is unmistakable.

10 comments:

indyernie said...

Gary thank you for posting the truth. You have put into words the same message that we have been promoting for months.
BART LIES! We aren't going away until he does.
Thank you again for your insight.

Anonymous said...

Yea, right...next you'll be expecting democrats to start telling the truth!

Remember...to them, if it makes you FEEL GOOD, it doesn't matter if they actually do it or not.

Anonymous said...

Mayor Peterson can say whatever he thinks the average voter will buy into, but in truth he gave up leadership of the police. He should no longer be talking about something he no longer leads. I don't think his input would be taken very seriously anymore by the IMPD.

Sir Hailstone said...

How can you have community policing when some IMPD beats are 1/2 of a township?

OK I'm exaggerating a tad. You get my drift.

Anonymous said...

I dont know where they get that we have 49 more officers on the streets now because of the merge and 200 by next year. My math must be fuzzy because an IMPD internal memo that was sent out accidently earlier this year shows we are short by at least 125 officers. There are numerous unmanned beats on any district at any given time. There are at least 100 officers who are retiring in December and everytime you turn around someone leaves the department unexpectedly. Remember when Bart said that by CONsolidating we'd not have to hire the 200 deputies that Sheriff Frank said they needed? Was that a lie or a misunderstanding?

Anonymous said...

I gurantee you Wilson won't touch this thread...

Anonymous said...

A Detroit educator has written that we live in South Detroit, Indiana, a much more corrupt place...with an ignorant bunch making up The Democrat Machine.

See it: http://whoisakindele.info/2007/10/indianapolis-101-conservatives-must.html

Sir Hailstone said...

Anon 8:28 - Links don't show up well in blogger comments.

Here's the link to Akindele's comments:

Link to Akindlele

Anonymous said...

I'm STILL wondering WHAT the Mayor's Abandoned House Initiative has done lately.
Four years since his big news conference and still NOTHING!
ANOTHER DAMN LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jason said...

Actually some beats are nearly half of a township. Most are significantly smaller, but if you venture South the beats are enormous.