Columbia police to reorganize beats

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — In a step toward “geographic policing,” the Columbia Police Department is reorganizing its beats, the department announced in a news release Monday. 

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton brought up the idea of geographic policing at the City Council retreat earlier this month. Geographic policing focuses officers in areas with greater need, as opposed to the more even distribution of officers under the current beat system, according to previous Missourian reports.

Starting this week, the number of beats will be reduced from 14 to five and be referred to as sectors. Each will encompass two to four beats. For now, the sectors will be defined by combining existing beat boundaries. Those boundaries may change, the release stated.

The beat reorganization is a response to limited number of officers on the Columbia police force, Capt. Steve Monticelli said in the news release.

“We haven’t always had enough officers to staff each beat," he said. "This led to ineffective policing, as we often have had to send officers far out of their respective areas of town to handle calls.”

The new, larger beats will let officers stay in the parts of town to which they are assigned, hopefully getting more efficient use out of officers and resources, the release stated.

In addition to the “geographic policing,” the Police Department has also set up on-line crime reporting to improve convenience.

The police department still advises citizens to call 911 to report occurring crimes and to use CrimeStoppers if they wish to remain anonymous.

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Charles Dudley Jr June 16, 2009 | 5:00 a.m.

If the citizens of this community would stop voting for more parks and increases in park taxes we could actually have the number of officers/EMS and equipement that is required to serve and protect this city.

Isn't that what they call a "no brainer"?

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King Diamond June 16, 2009 | 8:53 a.m.

What good is a police force if there is nothing to protect though?

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Jason Entermyer June 16, 2009 | 10:23 a.m.

I agree Charles Dudley. We need to quit subsidizing recreation programs at Paquin as well. The dollars spent there for such a few people is ridiculous. There's no way I'm ever going to use that facility so why should my tax dollars go there? What's the benefit to me? Paquin park should be turned into a parking lot! Now that's something I could have used when I went to MU.

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Jason Entermyer June 16, 2009 | 10:24 a.m.

NOTE: My above comment is a joke. Even guys like Chuck deserve some perks, or should I say parks?

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Charles Dudley Jr June 16, 2009 | 11:47 a.m.

Jason Entermyer FYI the taxes I was talking about are exclusively collected for the parks alone not for other programs in P & R such as the Adapted Recreation Program at Paquin which are part of a different budget altogether from a different tax base.

You sir obviously have no clue how or where those budgets are developed nor come into being.

Once again you show your ignorance. Typical.

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Jason Entermyer June 16, 2009 | 1:18 p.m.

Where do you think the subsidy comes from? Look t the City and then the P&R Budget and you'll see a transfer of both City tax and Park Sales Tax to the Recreation Services Division. It is Paquin that has the least amount of revenue and the most expense.

I repeat...why should I pay for something that doesn't benefit me? The answer is that I'm willing to do it because it benefits the community and what's good for the community is good for me. You fail to see the merits in anything that doesn't benefit your little Tower.

Did you also know that there's Park Sales Tax funds planned for the Paquin Park? Check out the P&R website. I'll bet the P&R Department would be glad to use those funds elsewhere where users are more appreciative.

I'm not short sighted enough to cut my nose off to spite my face.

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Charles Dudley Jr June 16, 2009 | 3:46 p.m.

"Jason Entermyer I'm not short sighted enough to cut my nose off to spite my face."

No but you are short sighted enough to not be able to see the forest through the trees.

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Jason Entermyer June 17, 2009 | 11:31 a.m.

Chuck, let's help you so you can have some better quotes for later posts: "Don't take any wooden nickels; Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee," or my favorite for you, "Stupid is as stupid does."

Take the time to do your research before you spout off with your anti-parks and trails message. You could end up hurting those that depend on it, like those in Paquin. That's all I was saying.

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Charles Dudley Jr June 17, 2009 | 11:52 a.m.

Jason Entermyer = "Stupid is as stupid does."

I could not have said it better myself but really you should not talk about yourself in public that way because flattering yourself is just so classless.

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Jason Entermyer June 17, 2009 | 3:32 p.m.

Chuck D..."Jason Entermyer = 'Stupid is as stupid does.'"

Why are you being so mean? Just cause I take the time to do the research that proves you wrong, doesn't mean you have to go calling people names. Some of the guys here at work have relatives that live at the tower and while they're a bit unbalanced, doesn't mean that they don't deserve perks.

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Charles Dudley Jr June 17, 2009 | 8:10 p.m.

Jason Entermyer so where were they last year when we had to fight tooth and nail to keep what little we got to keep?

Where have they been between that time and this coming budget hearing now?

Those are good questions to ask now aren't they. You ask where I have been? Keeping watch on those who might try to give this tiny program the shaft once again. Bringing injustice in this community to the front page and not afraid to do so at all.

The way the budget cut was handled last year we got blind sided but we are ready this year to put up one hell of a fight if needed to keep the tiny bit we got all the while money is wasted across this city on things that are not worth the extra muscle it takes to squat in the outhouse.

People worry about a measly $80k when millions of tax payer dollars in this community and country are blundered and pissed away in projects that are only more pork in the barrel that really do nothing to help an entire community.

So what is a measly $80k being used to further enrich the lives a small few when billions are being wasted on Pork?

The fact is so much money is wasted in this city not only in projects but in slack employee time that if it were all cleaned up this city would always have a surplus instead of a deficit.

Prove my last statement wrong and show me!

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Jason Entermyer June 18, 2009 | 4:12 p.m.

Chuck Dudley...It's all in the eye of the beholder. You say so much money is wasted on projects and employee slack time, but others will say that funding projects or programs such as the tower is a waste of time. Others will scream "Cut recreation programs and use that money to hire more cops!" That's what you're saying, but only for the programs and projects that I use, ie, trails, parks, sports complexes, etc..

I don't have to prove anything as I'm not the one saying funds are wasted. You're the one screaming so the burden of proof is on you. If I'm the one saying people are crazy for wasting funds, then I should be prepared to back it up. It's easy to send out pot-shots or post to blogs without any facts to back them up.

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Charles Dudley Jr June 18, 2009 | 8:43 p.m.

Jason Entermyer obviously you can't prove it so you just continue to post from your little "Isle of Denial" as alot of the complacent do in this community.


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