Police pay raise is the right move
And so it goes: One of our readers recently complained that she felt police weren’t doing enough to stop speeders in her neighborhood. She felt like the street on which she lives had become a “drag-racing strip.”
Two weeks later, the same woman complained that police had nothing better to do than give people speeding tickets. “Why don’t they go catch the real criminals?” she moaned.
Of course, the difference in the two situations is that in the second one, she’d been ticketed as a speeder. When this was pointed out to her, she laughed good-naturedly, but it makes a point about law enforcement that seems to be largely true: We want the cops to bust the “bad guys,” so long as the “bad guys” are someone else. And of course, the “bad guys” are always someone else. Our reader was mad when police “didn’t protect her” from speeders, but angrier when they “protected” other people from her own speeding.
Still, the public response surrounding the Jennings Police Department has been largely positive in the past year. There’s always someone upset at the police – which is how you know they’re doing their jobs – but for the most part, we seem to be recovering from years of negative perception.
We wanted to applaud the city’s decision to raise the base starting pay for city officers, a move that everyone hopes will help the JPD recruit and retain the best and brightest. It’s the right thing to do, and even though it probably should have been done before now, we’re willing to accentuate the positives. It’s a smart move for a city that’s on the move. The Jennings Daily News has long been a proponent of increasing pay for the men and women in blue, and we’re glad to see it become a part of this budget in a responsible manner.
The community should be proud, too, of the way it has worked together to help the police do their jobs. The anonymous tips line has been a windfall for detectives, and that’s thanks to the populace.
The moral of the story is that when we all work together, our city becomes better.
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