During the past several months there has been a lot of talk in town, and nationally, about the role of police departments.
Some have called for “defunding” police – even though it remains fuzzy – at best – what that means exactly.
In Hamtramck we have heard residents call for more police enforcement to crack down on reckless and speeding drivers, and also calls for less police presence.
Which is it, Hamtramck?
One suggestion, that seemed to gain traction, is to create a civilian police commission to oversee the department.
That might be a good idea, but finding people with knowledge about public safety and all the legal ramifications that go along when delving into an issue like this is not as easy as it sounds.
A common thread does emerge, though.
Just what is the mission of our police department, and is it in sync with what the community wants and needs?
We do need, as a community, is to talk about this – without the shrill calls for disbanding the entire department.
It reminds is of the old saying: don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.
The city council could take a first step in this issue by creating a sub-committee to look into community concerns and address that to the department.
Talking with each other is critical when it comes to public safety. The public and the department needs to open a line of communicate with each other.
Posted Sept. 17, 2021