FEBRUARY THOUGHTS FROM THE CHIEF

Despite it being cold and gray, there’s a lot going on to keep us engaged in February.  Super Bowl, Ground Hog Day, Valentine’s Day, and Mardi Gras to name a few occasions where we will gather and celebrate one thing or another.  And, we’re trying something new this year as a community to put some local fun into mid winter; the first annual Broom Ball Hockey Tournament on the ice rink at Wilson Park. Hopefully, it’s a success and the community comes out to participate in some great fun.  It will occur February 7th at noon, and will include a bon-fire and concessions.

We got some very good news in reviewing the crime statistics from 2014, as for the 5th straight year serious crime in the community fell.  In fact, it fell 8% in 2014 when compared to 2013.  Serious crime remains very low here, and to see it continue to trend down is a great sign for the future.  It reinforces the great work that the men and women who work for the police department do.  In addition, it reinforces a strong commitment to public safety on the part of the community, city management, and city government.  On behalf of all of us who work at the police department, we want to thank the community for the support and trust they place in us.  We are all dedicated to making this a safe and secure community, and really want to acknowledge the strong partnership that exists between those we serve and the department, without which we could not be successful.

Valentine’s Day is mid-month, and although traditionally it centers around romance, it is a great opportunity to recognize those who are close to us, and thank them for making our lives special.  Those closest to us bring true joy, and through those relationships give us the opportunity to experience the true meaning of our journey here.  So in that theme, I’d like to wish my family Happy Valentine’s Day, thank them for all they do, and let them know how wonderful they make my life.

 

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