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Solutions to Belltown’s Crime Problem: Part 1 of 3

This is the first of a daily series we’re going to run on presenting real crime solutions. There’s been enough complaining and maligning. It’s time to tone down the whining and start proposing some real solutions. If you have some ideas to bring to the table – or disagree with my ideas, I’d encourage you to voice your opinions in the comments or post a story yourself

1) Parking Enforcement Officers should be real COPS

“Parking Enforcement Officers (PEOs) are uniformed civilian Police Department employees. PEO’S are responsible for patrolling the entire city limits and enforcing all parking regulations and parking violations on city property.”

Instead of checking parking stickers like human robots, these officers should be retrained for legitimate police duty and crime prevention. The primary purpose of government should not be generating revenue over providing safety for its citizens. Parking Officers’ primary responsibility should be to patrolling the streets of downtown. While they are patrolling the streets, they should be able to also manage the task of checking parking stickers.

Nothing related to preventing crime is listed on the “recent accomplishments” of the PEO’s website. In fact, I was unable to find anything related to how the PEO’s and Police Department work to collaborate.