Clipped From News-Journal
Cops get tough, folks get angry The issue: New Crestline Police Chief James Davis has stepped up enforcement just as he was hired to do. Our opinion: Tougher enforcement always ruffles a few feathers, but the result likely will be a better quality of life in the village. You cannot make an omelet without breaking a few eggs and you cannot increase increase law enforcement presence without ruffling a few feathers. That appears to be the case in Crestline where new police Chief James Davis is under fire for stepping up crime enforcement enforcement efforts since taking the post about eight months ago. Ironically, it appears Davis is doing just what he was asked to do when hired. At that time, city council wanted him to crack down on nuisance crime, especially after several older Crestline residents complained complained village streets were no longer safe. Davis said he is asking his officers to crack down on complaints coming from village residents concerning drunken driving, driving, underage drinking, noise, fights and bar patrons allegedly urinating on other peoples' property. All of these seem like valid law enforcement enforcement concerns in the small community. Still, every traffic citation or every arrest means at least one more person is going to be mad at the police. Some of the concerns offered to village council about the police department this week seemed petty. One woman even went to the meeting to complain she was stopped for driving through a yellow light and that she has "heard" other Crawford County residents now avoid driving through Crestline because of "overzeal-ous" "overzeal-ous" "overzeal-ous" police work. She should know those who avoid Crestline Crestline likely do so because of traffic congestion congestion on U.S. 30, not because of any police traffic law enforcement. A bar owner complained that police are doing too many "walk throughs" at his establishment establishment and that he is losing business. But if village residents are concerned about DUIs, public urination by bar customers, customers, etc., it makes sense to us that police police spend time in bars until they can get a handle on the problem. Stepped-up Stepped-up Stepped-up law enforcement of this type is never easy to do, nor is it easy to accept. No doubt some innocent people are going to feel stepped on along the way. But the long-term long-term long-term benefits appear to be worth it in terms of improved quality of life. Council wanted the police department to take back the streets and the sidewalks from lawbreakers and Davis and his officers officers appear to be doing just that. We suspect that once those who formerly formerly violated the law get the idea their old behavior behavior is no longer acceptable, they will either either stop or move on somewhere else. Once that is accomplished, Davis and his officers can likely turn down the volume on their efforts. Until then, we urge law-abiding law-abiding law-abiding residents, residents, businessmen, council and Davis to get together to work out any problems.