I am supporting the Independence police initiative next Tuesday for the simple reason that more police on the ground are needed and improved response times will be a deterrent to criminals. Anyone who has ever ridden along with an officer knows the difference a police presence makes in a neighborhood.

To the editor:

I am supporting the Independence police initiative next Tuesday for the simple reason that more police on the ground are needed and improved response times will be a deterrent to criminals. Anyone who has ever ridden along with an officer knows the difference a police presence makes in a neighborhood.

For those of us who don’t live in gated communities, this is needed for property protection and most importantly, safety. The demands on an officer’s time, especially during the night shift, are endless. I’ve seen it. The city needs to offer a reasonable workload so officers will remain here and be engaged in their areas of the community. Thirty-four additional officers will go a long way toward taking up the workload.

We cannot hold our need for greater safety hostage to any past missteps by the city leaders. Those who think we can are putting the city’s future welfare in jeopardy. We can’t afford that. If there is any city mismanagement involved, the best way to combat it is to have dedicated funds that will be overseen by a citizen’s committee. We have that opportunity on April 3. Please vote yes.