Text of Inaugural Address of Wilmington Mayor James M. Baker
.... When public safety is mentioned, many people think right away about the police. That means that if police cannot ‘fix’ the problems, then we are lost. If you think about it, most of us never saw a police officer, except on rare occasions, as we were growing up. Today, in high crime areas some people expect to see the police 24 hours a day. If we have no respect for the law or law enforcement, if we have abnormal relationships between neighbors, if we accept or condone criminal behavior or activity, even within our own families, and see it as part of a normal way of life, we are creating and cultivating fertile grounds for crime.
The basis for the problems we are seeing today throughout the nation, with regard to crime, have their roots in a multitude of factors that include economics, education, social interactions, dysfunctional neighbors, families and communities, mental and physical health issues, the types of entertainment we enjoy or allow our children to be exposed to, much of it supported by the new technology, an absence of faith, a lack of substantive news reporting by the media leading to emotional or sensational stories about crime, and a lack of revenues which affect the delivery of services by law enforcement and government....
Lane Core Jr. CIW P Fri. 01/07/05 06:47:24 PM
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