- Re-institute the very successful Community Oriented Policing initiatives first established by former Mayor Paul Helmke, which have since atrophied under the current administration.
- Improving emergency life saving services, specifically a comprehensive re-evaluation of the emergency medical response system and services.
- Consolidate and streamline City and County Emergency Communications.
Let's start by looking past the fact that Tom Henry has already discussed items 2 and 3 in his press release issued 2 weeks ago. In Kelty's first issue he's insinuating that the Fort Wayne City Police have significantly cut back on their Community Oriented Policing programs and philosophy. I suppose that would be news to Chief Of Police Rusty York considering his most recent annual support says the following:
2005 Goals & Objectives
Police Training Center
Provide public outreach programs to the community and build on the community-oriented policing foundation.
Vice & Narcotics
Maintain a presence in the community and achieve greater interaction with the neighborhood associations.
Now I don't know enough about the inner-workings of the local police to know who's right here. Perhaps a local officer that reads this can pass on more information because I have a hard time believing anything Matt Kelty says these days.
I also find it interesting that Kelty is going to achieve all these initiatives while cutting taxes by 10% and instituting a zero-growth budget. By the way, how is Kelty's red-lining of next year's budget going? Oh you mean, he hasn't pointed out anything from the current budget that he'd cut?