IN THE RING: Is Keizer’s level of policing too low, too high or just right?

This week’s question was: “Is Keizer’s level of policing too low, too high or just right?” Jeanne Bond-Esser, retired educator and parks advocate: “I’m not sure how one ever really answers this, but I certainly don’t think our level of policing is too high. “Is there an ‘acceptable’ level of crime? Or, a point of diminishing returns? In other words, a level of crime or (in)security which does not diminish as more police officers are added? I suspect that if we doubled the number of officers, we’d still have some level of crime — but where that optimum cost/benefit point is between what we have now and double the force, I don’t know. I suppose if we added a couple of officers and tracked crime rates, we could quantify any additional benefit. “As I understand, there are professional guidelines based on population and other factors. Again as I understand, our force level falls below those guidelines, (although with all the empty houses in my neighborhood, West Keizer, I wonder what our population really is right now). “So, lacking any valuable insight on staffing, I’ll instead report the outcomes I’d like: Continue to staunch, slow — better yet rid us– of the community-ruining and seemingly intractable invasion of gang and drug activity. Continue to keep our parks safe for folks to walk and play in. Catch thieves. Help keep Keizer a place where law-abiders feel safe and at ease...

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