Carlisle needs two more police officers
Tammie Gitt’s informative article, “Council mulls hiring cops,” (The Sentinel, Nov. 28) deserves comment because security should be the first government priority. I strongly believe that additional police officers are needed in Carlisle.
Crime is a rising issue in Carlisle, and violent crime — murder, shootings, and armed robbery — is also a major concern. Police are doing excellent work, but are largely reactive due to staffing limits that keep them from implementing a community policing program that would reduce crime. I endorse Chief Landis’ recommendation to hire one police officer now, and one later in 2019. This is both reasonable and prudent.
The Borough of Carlisle verified sufficient funds in the budget to accommodate two additional law enforcement hires. One borough council member advocated for a study. I am glad to see Councilwoman Robin Guido advocate for hiring action now, especially since “the request for additional officers was made a year ago.”
In conversations with residents, a number of compelling points have been made. All feel that the threat of crime is increasing while police presence is too limited. Several noted that Carlisle is blessed and cursed to be a major crossroad because it brings good and bad to our community. The bad is increased presence of criminals from cities (such as Philadelphia) who view Carlisle as easy pickings and have no qualms about shooting local competition. All strongly advocated for community policing: getting cops out on the street, observing people, sending a message, and talking to residents.
Revenues will steadily increase from redevelopment of old industrial sites, adding taxes for homes and businesses. Concurrently, this will increase police responsibilities. Instead of wasting money on another contracted study, Borough Council should review crime data with the chief of police at the borough workshop meeting Dec. 5 and do the right thing to better protect the community.
Joseph R. Nunez