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Sep 3, 2014

Broaster on Quality of Life Cleanup

Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster

As you heard earlier in the newscast, a major component of the operation known as Not In My City has been a crackdown on what is known as quality of life crimes. That includes no bells and lights on bicycles, and also public drinking. It caused an uproar in the community early on, with residents up in arms over what they called undue harassment of the poorest of the poor. There’s been talk that the crackdown on these petty crimes, so to speak, has undone a lot of the inroads made by law enforcement officers through their very successful community policing initiative. Well today, Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster told us if there’s talk like that, he certainly hasn’t heard it.

 

Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster, Deputy Commander, Eastern Division

“I got contrary to what you’re indicating. As a matter of fact people are pleased now to know that when they’re driving in the night they know that a bicycle is coming. Previous to that bicycles just flew past them and they don’t see them. Now they are seeing lights. Everybody is commenting that it is wonderful to see bicycles with lights. When people are in the way of cyclists they ring their bell and so forth and give the public warning, so it creates a sort of public safety in one sense, and enforcing the law should in no way impede the community effort that we are doing because the community should abide by the laws and should not be breaking them so I don’t see that operation impeding our inroads in dealing with the community.”

 

Reporter

“In terms of one aspect of the quality of life crimes…public drinking. Is there any plan by Police to intensify that aspect of it, because we have seen recently a couple horrible traffic accidents in which drinking was a factor?”

 

Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster 

“The public drinking we’ve been intensifying our efforts and if you take a drive around the city you will rarely find individuals doing public drinking because they know that we will be dealing with them and we are cracking down on them.”

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