Problem, reaction - solution


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LAK
February 17, 2006, 05:14 AM
And in this case the solution is - cameras you know where.

I can see it now; "OKAY all you law abiding upstanding folk; what's it going to be? A police tax - or cameras in the apartments or homes of those lesser scumbags that cause all the trouble in your town?".

"Taxes? Another tax?? No, that is a liberal left idea. Lets go with the cameras; afterall, anyone with nothing to hide shouldn't be worried about cameras, right?".

Right ;)

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http://www.kten.com/Global/story.asp?S=4508858

Police chief wants surveillance cameras in Houston apartments

KTEN Local News

HOUSTON Houston's police chief is suggesting putting surveillance cameras in apartment complexes, downtown streets and even private homes.

Chief Harold Hurtt today said it's another way of combatting crime amid a shortage of officers.

Houston is dealing with too many police retirements, too few recruits and a population increase of about 150-thousand hurricane refugees.

Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf coast in late August.

Rita hit southeast Texas about one month later.

The Houston City Council is considering a public safety tax to pay for more officers.

Scott Henson with the American Civil Liberties Union calls Hurtt's proposal to require surveillance cameras as part of some building permits -- "radical and extreme."

Houston Mayor Bill White hasn't talked with Hurtt about his idea, but sees it as more of a "brainstorm" than a "decision."

Copyright 2006 Associated Press.

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beerslurpy
February 17, 2006, 09:14 AM
Fortunately police are not the deciders of the balance between police convenience and civil liberties.

Art Eatman
February 17, 2006, 09:42 AM
Purely from the Top Cop's point of view:

"Houston is dealing with too many police retirements, too few recruits and a population increase of about 150-thousand hurricane refugees."

If his department--as it is, right now, real world--is to do its job, he's desparate for anything that would help. Hard to blame him for that.

The onus is on those who prioritize the city's spending, those who set policy. That's the City Council and the Mayor.

Art

Old Fuff
February 17, 2006, 09:53 AM
I agree with Art. Perhaps they could start by "encouraging" those 150,000 refugees to return to where they came from. Or they might request financial help from whichever government agency sent them. This probably wouldn't go very far, but it would shine a light on the problem.

Weather related and other emergencies are sure to happen in the future. Now would be the better time to make plans to address them.

Preacherman
February 17, 2006, 09:58 AM
Heck, Fuff, we don't want 'em back!!! :what:

Pilgrim
February 17, 2006, 12:46 PM
Some years ago the chief of a southern California PD tried to solve the problem of armed robberies of businesses at night by requiring them to close early.

Pilgrim

Zero_DgZ
February 17, 2006, 01:09 PM
Uh-huh. That'll fly about as far as a lead brick. Streets? One thing. In people's homes? Nope. Not gonna happen.

No offense meant to the upstanding LEO's who hopfully frequent this forum, but based on my experience the two most likely positions for a total nutjob to land himself in are politics and police administration, in that order. Sometimes you gotta wonder what percentage of those drugs the police seize are getting smoked by the MFIC's.

LAK
February 18, 2006, 09:46 AM
Art is right of course - in the local sense. But ask those in Houston what it has for a city council ;).

Two points stand out here; this is dangerous stuff coming in the form of a public statement from a man like this. And while not surprizing - more dangerous still it is that he was not immediately chastized for even suggesting it.

I would say that even many third world nations have people who would have put this guy in his place as soon as he opened his mouth.

Secondly, this is the opener of a very old and familiar political m.o. Placing the ball out in the field so it can be kicked around; stage 1.
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