WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Salisbury Cracking Down On Crime By Increasing Police Force

Play associated audio
Crime rates in Salisbury, Maryland, are on a downward trend, but are still quite a bit higher than the national average.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/banspy/3843960604/
Crime rates in Salisbury, Maryland, are on a downward trend, but are still quite a bit higher than the national average.

Officials in Salisbury, Maryland, have announced the largest single increase in its police force in the city’s history.

Mayor Jim Ireton says putting 15 new officers on the streets of Salisbury in the next 18 months is a major proclamation of the city’s commitment to win its longstanding battle against violent crime and gangs.

The crime level in the Eastern Shore's largest city recently dipped to its lowest level in more than a decade, and the mayor says putting more boots on the ground is the only way to continue that trend.

“Theres gonna get to the point where you can’t have this many people here during the day and have the issues we have with income inequality and poverty and push this number down any further than you can get," Ireton says.

Currently 92 police officers protect and serve the city of more than 33,000 people, and according to Ireton, that number balloons to more than 100,000 on a weekly basis.

The proposal would put 10 new officers through the academy and put five current officers working administrative jobs back on the streets, using civilians to backfill the positions.

It will cost the city about $830,000, but Ireton says this initiative is about much more than the price tag.

“I don't anyone to think that this is just another politician throwing money at law enforcement trying to look tough on crime, because 90 percent of those politicians don't live in a neighborhood where this is crime. I do," Ireton says.

Ireton believes more cops on the streets will improve not only the crime numbers, but also the perception about crime in Salisbury. In 2011, a report named Salisbury as the fourth most dangerous city in the country. The most recent report has it at 53.

NPR

Aviator Beryl Markham Soars Again In 'Paris Wife' Author's New Book

"It is my fate to illuminate the lives of these one-of-a-kind notable women that have been somehow forgotten by history," says Paula McClain. She shines her spotlight on Markham in Circling the Sun.
NPR

At The Purple Pie Place, Where The Crusts Are Just Sweet Enough

Bobkat's Purple Pie Place is a fixture in Custer, S.D. From chicken pot pie to strawberry rhubarb, Trevor Yehlie and his family have been baking and serving pies at the local favorite since 2009.
NPR

SuperPACs Report Their Funds — And The Numbers Are Staggering

SuperPACs released their latest funding numbers Friday, and already it's clear that the committees' roles in 2016 will be gargantuan.
NPR

Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.