Thursday, June 2, 2011
4TH HOMICIDE IN 4 DAYS, NUMBER 17 IS ON THE BOOKS
Hartford's 17th homicide victim for the year was just pronounced dead at Hartford Hospital. The victim was shot earlier in the evening in the Southend.
That now sets the pace for 4 homicides in four days and really draws into question what is being done to quell the violence. We aren't even into the heat of the summer and we are setting a record pace for homicides so far this year.
I really have to question the cut of $500,000 from the Police Departments overtime budget by the City Council.It seems like all resources should be brought to the table at this point to start controlling the crime "hot spots".
If the Council was really looking to cut expenses to reduce the mill rate the half a mill that they did, there is plenty of waste in other areas.
Eliminating the City's "Energy Czar", Capitol Projects Manager, Parks Operation Manager and an "undefined" position created in the Health Department for a Perez croney, would more than cover the cuts made to the HPD budget for overtime.
I'd much prefer knowing that Police Officers are being put on the streets to control violence rather than continuing to fund the Light Bulb inspector Energy Czar.Over half of the money cut from the HPD overtime budget could be recovered by the cost of salary and benefits and City car paid out for the Capitol Improvements Director, James Keaney.
I guess it is a matter of priorities.