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They can't be everywhere. I am sure if someone were ticketed for either offense, they would ask why the Officer wasn't solving real crimes instead of hasseling them?
Yeah, but if they ticketed more, they would stop this hogging the red lights too. But this is a small matter in the scope of things happening in Albany.
The traffic division with APD are doing a wonderful job with the limited resources they have and that is mainly personnel. If the city and county would pay the officers a salary they could support their families on, you would see a better and more dedicated group of officers. Give them credit for their working under conditions that you don't have to live under and when you have a problem, who do you call? Quit your complaining and support these officers.
43cop... the pay issues will not be significantly improved until the people in this community realize that we need to consolidate the county and city governments to be more efficent. People complain about low salaries, high taxes, shallow-minded and racist leadership. But when well thought out alternative solutions are presented, there are those who want to protest about implementing those cost cutting solutions (e.g. closing 2 low utilized libraries, combining the DoCo Police with the Sheriff's division, and consolidating the City and County governments). We need strong leaders and we need for the people in this community to be willing to accept cost cutting changes that will bring about long term positive results..
Amen! Amen! Amen! Amen! Amen! Amen!!!!!
Excellent response B4it.....even tho I don't live in the city or county I totally agree with every word you said. You have hit the nail on the head...until you get strong leaders you are going to have problems....and that means strong leaders in every aspect of the city and county community.
Why would a person apply for and accept a job that did not pay them a living wage? Then the excuse for poor job performance is that they are not paid enough? Is that why the officer teaching classes at ASU while on duty with the APD was double dipping?
I agree that officers should ticket drivers for faulty equipment violations and that helps produce effective law enforcement and an atmosphere of civil protection. It is also true that they can't be everywhere and in our community's circumstances law enforcement debilitated by the political structure can hardly be anywhere. The resources for the police are diminished by the demand for revenue to support the multiple administrative structures of the many police departments unnecssary in such a small county with an incredibly limited and shrinking tax base. I won't go into my usual diatribe on the judges but they contribute as well. The medieval feudal political system strongly in control here chokes the very life out of a community which has(d) so much potential.
Can't write someone a ticket when you're doing the same thing. Besides, they're driving too fast to even notice