Ladyville Police Handed New Truck
Burglaries have been on the rise in the Rural Eastern Division – and it is no secret that the jurisdiction is understaffed and under-resourced. Simply put it is a large area that requires more boots on the ground and more resources needed to fight crime. The spike in burglaries and other major crimes in the past few years have targeted residents, particularly those who are out at work during the day and leave their homes unattended. Well, citizens who live in the area have stepped up big time. Through the law offices of Courtenay Coye, along with friends who reside in the area, the Ladyville Police received a brand new police truck – valued at twenty-eight thousand dollars – with duty exempted. Today, the truck was handed over and News Five’s Andrea Polanco was there.
Chris Coye, Donor
“Over the past few years, the crime statistics for this area have shown that burglary has been the most prevalent crime committed in our community; representing almost sixty percent of major crimes committed in this area. In 2016, for example, of the one hundred and forty-eight major crimes committed in this division, ninety-four were burglaries.”
Andrea Polanco, Reporting
So, to help the Ladyville Police formation tackle burglaries and other major crimes, a brand new police truck was officially handed over. The donation was made by the Courtenay Coye Law Firm and friends of the Ladyville Community to help the police officers’ conduct more patrols to help prevent crime in the Rural Eastern Division.
“With such a small vehicular fleet, patrolling homes and businesses is severely limited and response time can be lengthy. There is clearly a need for the division to be equipped with more vehicles besides personnel. Recognizing this need, a group of us from the community came together to raise the funds necessary to address this need. We expect that with this addition, the Police are able to better assign vehicles to smaller areas, including Ladyville specifically to do more patrols regularly with a view to crime prevention but at the same time to allow for more rapid response. At its essence, with this new addition, we are hopeful that crime in the community will see a downward trend and our little piece of jewel will be a safer place to live.”
In recent years, the spike in burglaries and other similar crimes in the rural eastern division have proven to be challenge to police due to the frequency and the geography, coupled with the limited resources assigned to the division. This brand new truck will complement a small fleet of six trucks and six motorcycles used by cops in the Rural Eastern Division.
“This division is comprised of roughly one hundred and twenty-one officers who are responsible to police an area covering almost twenty percent of the entire country – over one thousand six hundred square miles , including thirty two villages and over twenty thousand people. Rural has one vehicle for every one hundred and thirteen square miles that this division is responsible for. In short, with due respect, speaking as a resident of Ladyville, the resource allocation to the rural eastern division is dismal.”
ACP Edward Broaster, Regional Commander, Rural Eastern Division
“It is a vast area. We have response in several villages and when our vehicle resources are away attending to the needs in a community in that area and another need arise in another area, they have to practically wait until we are done with another assignment to respond to their needs. I assure you that the men and women from Rural Eastern Division will take good care of this vehicle and that it is put to good use. I guarantee you that there will be no smuggling of goods with this vehicle and we will ensure that we serve the needs of the community.”
Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.