As Mayor, I propose a goal of fifty police officers on our streets, supported by the highest quality training and the best in new technology. Additional funding would come from the passing of Measure Q, re-prioritizing categorical available funds and partnering with outside law enforcement agencies in the County-wide and State-wide illegal drug trafficking intervention enforcement efforts. Seized assets will then be shared with our Police Department as a continuous source of newly generated revenue, designated to law enforcement efforts. A safer community, a better Barstow.

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  1. Peggi Fries on August 4, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    I love the idea of a citizen oversite committee, but the police unions need to be at the table.
    I also believe in community partnerships which can enhance police response to situations beyond current training and ability. Example: Create a DART team. Domestic Abuse Response Team. Have a professional domestic violence advocate respond with officers so the victim has representation and information that they are less than likely to share with a badge. Also, send a licensed therapist to a mental health call. Police are neither trained nor should they be expected to provide this level of expertise. Send an expert in Child Abuse to a call involving this. There are many current or past child welfare workers who would partner with the police and assist with the proper protection of children. Hope you can see where I am going here. Partnerships are key. No single person has ALL the answers. A community cannot police itself, but they have a much louder voice when they can truly partner with law enforcement.

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    • Paul Courtney on August 5, 2020 at 7:04 am

      Looking forward to seeing you at the planning table . . . Thank You!

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    • Paul Courtney on August 5, 2020 at 7:20 am

      Yes, Yes and Yes!

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  2. Douglas Settle on October 2, 2020 at 1:05 am

    Re: Peggy comment, although I understand the need you are expressing, and no doubt there may be times a DART rep. is needed. My concern would be the availability of the DART team you recommend as well as their timely response. If a domestic abuse aka possible violence call comes in, and police are held back in resolving this potentially dangerous dispute, how long do they wait? What are the liability issues of BPD and the City if they delay waiting for a DART representative and a wife or child is killed! The limit and scope of liability issues would need to be fully explored before implementing this.

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  3. Douglas Settle on October 26, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Paul Courtney why did you oppose Measure “Q” going so far as to pay pickets near WalMart carrying signs “NO on M “Q”?
    Yet efforts detailed here in hinge on a sucessful Measure “Q”??

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