Friday, April 21, 2006


Issue 2 ----- Police Protection

Candidates Express Their Views on Police Protection

We asked the candidates for their responses to 13 questions. Over the next few days, we will post their answers. We put the candidates names in the blogomatic candidate randomization selector, so the order of their answers is totally random. Here's the second of our questions.

Many communities in the 20th have cut back or eliminated their police forces, further burdening the state police. How do you make sure the people of the 20th have adequate police protection?


Police protection is a legitimate function of State and Local Governments and we need to strengthen both state and local law enforcement by reducing the size and burden of state government in areas where they do not have a constitutional mandate so we can redirect resources where they should have been all along.


The safety and security of it’s citizens is the responsibility of the state. As with so many issues when local elected officials feel the burden of excess taxes, they search for ways to halt additional tax increases. The general assembly should provide financial incentive to help local municipalities support their local police departments.


I am the only candidate has put police officers on street, created special units for narcotics, and led a department that is recognized throughout the state as a powerful anti-drug force. I am well aware of the lack of local departments in much of the district and will seek to help start local police service. The State Police would play a better role as supplementary assistance rather than a first-line solution.


Apparently, Baker supports a plan whereby local communities of 5,000 or more people would pay $70.00 per person per year for State Police protection. See


Bigus did not respond to this question.


Most communities seem to appreciate having a local police force. Tax money should first be allocated to programs which everyone benefits from, such as police and fire protection. Unfortunately, money gets spent on senseless projects which take away from these programs. It goes back to being fiscally responsible with taxpayers’ money and providing them with beneficial services.

"I...led a department that is recognized throughout the state as a powerful anti-drug force."

Shouldn't that be "arrest FOR drugs" Jimbob?

Kingston's starting to look a lot like Williamsport did in the 80s and early 90s. And you're no Stephen Capelli.
I live in Kingston, do you?

I feel pretty damn safe. Are you thinking of Wilkes-Barre or Edwardsville?

Kingston's PD has made more drug arrests than Scranton's PD...with 1/7th the police force. That's pretty fucking impressive...but then again, you probably know everything if you cite Capelli as any kind of decent political benchmark.
I have lived in Kingston for the better part of 40 years. Kingston is still the idyllic town that it was when I grew up. I feel safe walking my dogs at 11:00pm. It's a great place to raise a family, and Jim Haggerty has a lot to do with that.
Mr Haggerty we know what you say about the police but how do they feel about you as you defend the criminals they arrest?
In addition, perhaps you feel safe in Kingston because you just dont' know about the increase in crime -we had 3 breakins around our neighborhood before Christmas and none were reported in the paper - it was until the church at the corner was broken into that we finally were made aware!
And Please put the WELCOME TO KINGSTON signs back up!
Haggerty releases those statistics to the press everyday. He just doesn't give the papers the exact house address or the victim's name. The papers(Times Leader) don't print that, because they want Kingston Police to do their (the paper's) job for them. Having been a victim of a break-in a few years back, I was not too happy to have my address printed on the front page of the paper. Outing the name and address of an undercover Kingston Police Officer is something those idiots at the Times Leader also did. Responsible journalism and the Times Leader aren't two things that belong in the same sentence.
Get the Baker story right.
The plan she supported was for those communities to pay $70.00 PER PERSON annually!!!

For a town of 5000, that a whopping $350,000!!

I suspect most communities would be "taxed" out of existence with a plan like that.

C'mon Lisa, if you're as smart and as intelligent as Tom Ridge says you are, I'm sure you could come up with a better plan than that... Oh wait, I know, why not ask Blue Cross for the money? I think I recall reading somewhere that while you were busy helping bring down health care costs, good old Blue racked up a half BILLION dollar surplus.
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