More pressure on crime investigations due to municipal budgets

Even in the affluent city of West Palm Beach, law enforcement is forced to slow its investigations of old cases. Detectives see answers to murders, rapes and other violent crimes, but budget constraints do not provide sufficient resources to use all the tools they know how to. The speed at which these crimes are investigated slows as a result.

As I wrote several times last year, some municipal safety agencies have been warning citizens to be more proactive in their emergency preparedness. I quoted one EMS worker who advised residents to “buy a fire extinguisher.

Now it seems that one California County Sheriff is planning a strategy of issuing more gun permits to lower the crime rate. Sacramento County is floating this idea due to the reality of its budget constraints. “”Routine sheriff’s patrols of unincorporated areas of the county would virtually stop. Sheriff McGinness has also stated that the investigation budget would be completely cut. I find it hard to believe that there will be no budget to investigate rapes, murders and kidnapping. However, there is already almost no investigation done for property crimes like burglary and auto theft, so I guess it’s possible.”

If the predicted consequences from municipal budget cuts in Alabama are accurate, more gun permits might be a necessity rather an a strategy. ”

Officials with the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles say massive budget cuts could lead to more crime. Robert Oakes, who is the agency’s assistant executive director, says one of the first things the department will dois park parole and probation officers cars, preventing them from doing field work. “You can’t send officers out to verify homes, check employment and serve warrants,” Oakes says. “It’ll increase crime,” Oakes says. “When you have up to 50,000 felons who are not adequately supervised, they will be free to do what they want to do.”


~ by Dave on April 27, 2010.

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