Saturday, 7 June 2014

Wouldn’t the York Region Police be more effective if they prevented crime rather than speeding?

david-odesho

This dude (David Odesho, 24) of Toronto, went murder crazy around the corner where I work yesterday. I don’t know what his problem is, but, get out of my town plz.

 

Let’s start with a quote from the York Regional Police Business Plan:

“We will ensure our citizens feel safe and secure through excellence in policing”

I find they are using an interesting Policing strategy: Give out enough speeding tickets and eventually they might potentially stop a murder. After seeing someone pulled over today for going 20 over on hwy 7, you are telling me that seeing this makes us feel safer than if that same officer stopped to have a coffee at one (of many) of these little mafia style hangout-coffee shops?

 

I refer to this particular incident:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/suspect-in-vaughan-targeted-killing-sought-by-police-1.2668382

 

The incident happened at a coffee shop is around the corner from my office – and – with each of it’s previous owners I was comfortable going in there and buying Jerk Chicken, or Indian Food, or a Coffee (business’ were not doing well at this location, low traffic). But, when this tenant came in the clientele that were notably questionable (not questionable enough for me to “call the cops” per say) but certainly would have been worth while if the police officers that attended the Tim Hortons (literally three buildings down the road) paid them a visit, you know, welcome them to the neighborhood – find out what their business is. The only police presence in the neighborhood though is in the form of a 3 officer police trap at Woodstream and Highway 7 where cars tend to go fast downhill going to the intersection, and are easily caught speeding.

Don’t get me wrong, speeding is bad and all… but… seeing that a month ago in our area another person was MURDERED AT ANOTHER COFFEE SHOP. The priorities of the police force should have shifted just a bit to put presence somewhere in the community. I mean Brazil, in dangerous areas they typically assign three police officers to just stand outside in public to remind people they are there if shit goes down. Now, that might seem ridiculous in comparison of crime rates of the respective countries – but – I rather have a police officer be available for my protection rather than my potential punishment in something as trivial as driving a little bit faster than a speed limit.


It’s quite notable that the York Region Police are separated from our community (being well paid beyond the average citizen) and don’t even bother integrating and interacting with the community except after a crime is goes down… you know… ask questions, “who are you? what did you see? oh a grey car you say?”


I feel that I have done more in terms of “Crime Prevention” by offering a helping hand to other citizens over the years than any single police officer… But then again, I’m speaking from my own perspective of having 3 murders occur blocks from me in the last couple of months - I don’t know how safe and secure I feel when all I see is the “excellent policing” consist of just following up on crimes and preventing speeding.


I really hope our police chief presents a call of action with ACTUAL and REASONABLE crime prevention rather than cry, ‘See Murder means we need more money!’ forcing me to watch my speedometer more intently and cower in suspicious fear every time I walk around in my neighborhood.


/Rant

 

 

 

Sources:

  1. York Region Police Business Plan
  2. CBC News
  3. Wikipedia article about law enforcement

Sunday, 1 June 2014

How to get elected

It is very important to reach out and see what your local representative is doing, to see where their party stands, and to understand what your vote means to you and your community.

 

I personally lean just left of centre on the political spectrum, however, the province has been notoriously slow at paying their dues in getting a hospital project started (it’s seriously 10 years overdue) and of all the potential issues – this one is make or break for me.

 

Now with the beauty of Twitter you can reach out and straight up mention said issue directly to your regional candidates, and if their representative is on the ball (or his PR team is) you may actually get a response:

 

 

This is much more response than I’m traditionally used to during an MPs campaign, and I rather this than a “virtual town hall” done over the phone, which becomes increasingly annoying when those go down.

 

With this response, I’m certain I will give him my vote, and he may have bought himself 4 more years on the job and a steady income in that time… BUT…. I will be certain to hold him accountable to the building of this hospital in 2014 now, and if by January 2015 there is no shovel in the ground… there would have to be some sort of miracle for him (and his party) to keep my vote.


I would strongly urge people to do the same. Elections are only valuable if you participate in them – so make yourself heard!

 

Sincerely,

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