A Common Sense Crime Plan by Paul Cookson
We need a comprehensive plan that will include all levels of government working together.
A) We need a skills training school in Malvern that will teach our youth to be electricians, plumbers and other trades/skills so they can get good paying jobs.
B) We need mentoring programs where business owners, retirees and community leaders mentor our youth.
C) We need to have after school and summer programs where kids can play sports and games in city facilities but have it managed by volunteers to keep the costs down.
D) People in prison should be offered training in various trades or other occupations which lessens the chance of them re-offending after they are released.
E) We need to raise the penalty for carrying a gun from up to 10 years to up to 20 years in jail and impose a $20, 000.00 fine/victim surcharge. The fine should go to the Police and to victims of gun violence.
F) We should make bail mandatory for those charged with carrying guns. Most people charged are let out of jail the next day.
G) We should charge teens carrying guns as adults. Before that’s imposed we should ask the media and schools to publicize this so teens know the new rules.
H) Before all the above is imposed, the Police should let known criminals know the new rules/laws and offer them a short amnesty for handing in guns to the police.
I) We need to impose heavy fines and prison terms to criminals engaging in gun rentals. Right now, criminals rent guns to other criminals on an hourly basis.
J) The Chief of Police should do what is best to fight crime without any political pressure.
K) The Police should spend more time at schools talking to kids from an early age so that kids will have a better relationship with them.
L) We need to encourage and promote community based groups that report to the Police suspicious activity.
M) I’d like to see Police kiosks and/or sub stations throughout the community.
N) We need more 911 operators so that we can improve 911 call response times.
O) We need more Police Officers so that we can improve 911 reaction times.
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