Friday, September 10, 2010

Mr Mayor: I Have Enough Police Presence On My Street

To The Current Mayor and All Others Running For The Position:
I think I have enough police presence on my street already. It seems every time I stick my head out the door or look down the street there is a police car. This last week there were several police cars driving down my street. I had the police parked on the street visiting the rooming house two doors down twice this last week. And there were two police cars parked at the end of the street loading people into the back seat of one on Wednesday. We have enough police. Adding more police to the force and increasing the number of 911 operators is not going to fix Winnipegs problems.
The issue seems to be that the police have to keep coming back and revisiting the same issues over and over again. The police have to keep coming out to deal with problem houses day after day after day.
For issues regarding problem houses where we call to complain about noise, fights, threats of violence, breaking glass in the middle of the night, nothing seems to get done in the way of removing the problem. Our problem party house a few doors down had a visit from the police, where Child and Family Services were called. The kids and dog were removed. The next day the tenants were removed. The house was shovelled out a week later at the expense of the landlord, and the tenants moved back in.
The issues at the party house will continue to happen. The neighbourhood will continue to call the police. The police will continue to visit the residence as they can fit it into their schedule with all their other repeat issues that have no resolution. The kids will continue to be removed temporarily. The adults will be put up in some hotel so the house can get shovelled out. And they will get moved back in with new furniture and clothing to start the cycle over again.
The definition of insanity is to repeat the same action over and over again expecting different results. Lets stop the insanity.
Start giving power to the landlords who have the problem tenants so they can evict them for violations. Start punishing the tenants who party all night, break windows, threaten neighbours, and disrupt communities. Stop rewarding these tenants with free cleaning services, vacations in hotels while their residences get shovelled out, and providing new clothing and furniture. Stop punishing the neighbourhood with having to deal with the garbage that gets shovelled out of these houses. Stop punishing the neighbourhood with the huge influx of mice after the houses get shovelled out. Stop punishing the people who just want to live a peaceful life in their homes. And stop using police resources for problem houses filled with tenants who have absolutely no respect for themselves, their neighbours, their neighbourhoods, and their city.
Back before we were a nation, and the First Peoples of this land had their own laws, a problem person was banished. The person learned to live according to the rules of the next group or learned to live outside the group. It is time that people are held accountable for their actions. Stop rewarding bad behaviour.

1 comment:

  1. I wonder, the children that are being removed, and brought ten years, what will we see? What will their story be? What were their parents stories? I don't think people wake up one day and decide to live in this kind of way. There is a deeper problem here. We are seeing generational impacts here.