More Foo-Foo Crime Fighting Measures In Annapolis
Now that the city of Annapolis has equalled last year’s total for homicides (8), the city has announced more measures for preventing crime, including requiring a drug treatment program and a gun offender registry. See article. This is, of course, in addition to the previous suggestions, which included having better lighting, buying a Segway, and getting a horse.
The use of such an offender registry in New York and Baltimore was cited as a justification for the program here, and as for spending $500,000 on a drug treatment program, Ward 3 Alderwoman Classie Hoyle offers:
Can we afford (a drug program)? I say we cannot afford not to have one.
We’re calling to help prevent deaths in our community.
To be honest, I am choosing to censor myself a bit on this subject because I can’t back up what I want to say. But I will say is this: the first priority should be fully staffing the police department,which is currently 23 officers short with a handful more set to retire.
Mayor Moyer’s administration has said on multiple occasions that they are focusing on the human element of this (or any other, I assume) crime; hence, the drug treatment program, etc. Someone can correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe treatment programs are most effective for users, not dealers, and I also believe that dealers are more responsible for the correlation between crime and drugs.
These ideas are nice side dishes, but where’s the meat?