Roanoke police seek reaccreditation

Sep 10, 2011 Full story: Roanoke Times

One day in May 2009, Roanoke police officers Jamie Kwiecinski and Dwight Ayers stopped a man driving a pickup truck on Williamson Road, the tags long expired.

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Hallie Homemaker

Roanoke, VA

#1 Sep 11, 2011
Whenever I see police it appears they are driving around talking on cell phones. I don't see enough crime being reported to justify a police force of this size. Most cities I have previously lived in publish a crime beat on a once a week basis showing arrests for the previous week, maybe that would help the tax payers understand more about what our funds are being spent on. I would hate to think we are paying for cell phone bills. It may even detour crime. For example: Where I live, there is a police car that sits in an apartment complex and I don't think he/she ever works. That car is always there corner of Brandon and Mud Luck.

This is not Mayberry and we all know crime exists here in Roanoke, tell the public what and where it is. Justify the expense. I'm all for training but at what costs and where does it benefit us the tax payer?
David

Roanoke, VA

#2 Sep 11, 2011
Hallie Homemaker wrote:
Whenever I see police it appears they are driving around talking on cell phones. I don't see enough crime being reported to justify a police force of this size. Most cities I have previously lived in publish a crime beat on a once a week basis showing arrests for the previous week, maybe that would help the tax payers understand more about what our funds are being spent on. I would hate to think we are paying for cell phone bills. It may even detour crime. For example: Where I live, there is a police car that sits in an apartment complex and I don't think he/she ever works. That car is always there corner of Brandon and Mud Luck.
This is not Mayberry and we all know crime exists here in Roanoke, tell the public what and where it is. Justify the expense. I'm all for training but at what costs and where does it benefit us the tax payer?
I agree with the above poster, there needs to be much more transparency when it comes to the police dept.

Recently they did traffic stops to check licenses and insurance, while they did release the statistics on those, it did result in many law abiding motorists being late for work and tying up traffic. In the end I did not see where it was worth the hassles to catch a select few while inconveniencing the rest of us.
CPA Tim

Roanoke, VA

#3 Sep 12, 2011
Finally, someone is saying what I have wanted to say for a long time. I for one would like to know about area crimes in my neighborhood, such as burglaries and property type crimes, as a neighborhood I believe it would make us become more vigilant to look out for vehicles that do not belong there. Most of us are parents and while I think Roanoke is a safe city I do want to see some sort of crime posting and reporting in the news It may even help solve some crimes.
Doris Mullens

Salem, VA

#4 Sep 12, 2011
Hallie Homemaker wrote:
Whenever I see police it appears they are driving around talking on cell phones. I don't see enough crime being reported to justify a police force of this size. Most cities I have previously lived in publish a crime beat on a once a week basis showing arrests for the previous week, maybe that would help the tax payers understand more about what our funds are being spent on. I would hate to think we are paying for cell phone bills. It may even detour crime. For example: Where I live, there is a police car that sits in an apartment complex and I don't think he/she ever works. That car is always there corner of Brandon and Mud Luck.
This is not Mayberry and we all know crime exists here in Roanoke, tell the public what and where it is. Justify the expense. I'm all for training but at what costs and where does it benefit us the tax payer?
i must agree roanoke co had acar like that when i had my condo

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