Safety FIRST- Lorain’s Safety Forces- A Paula’s Perspective

June 30, 2008 at 11:42 pm 2 comments

ED NOTE: From time to time Paula will be writing about our “front line” of Lorain- Lorain’s Safety Forces – The Lorain Police Dept and Lorain Fire Dept. We are starting this week with the Lorain Police Dept.

By Paula Tobias

Police Presence

Word of Praise to Lorain’s Police Department for the work done at this weekend’s International Festival. I was impressed with their presence the two times I was there. I noticed when I returned Sunday afternoon that there was an officer at the admission table and a sign was up that individuals under the age of 18 must be escorted by an Adult. I wondered why the change and then found out they made three arrests:
1 for Obstructing Official Business

2 for assault and a purse theft Sunday.

They also “Removed” young adults and juveniles before issues could escalate. We aren’t the only community facing concerns with the increase in crime. I had read Cleveland had 400 officers (local and Highway Patrol) helping them with sweeps during one weekend.
I’d heard that things were pretty busy Saturday night/Sunday morning for LPD.

I have been very excited about the news of Grants that have been given to the Department.

“The Lorain Police Department is being awarded $500,000 in federal money to pay for equipment such as cameras in cruisers.
Police Chief Cel Rivera said the department applied for the grant. The funds, which are coming from the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for 2009, will be used to purchase new weapons, holsters and cruiser cameras.
”With the city’s financial situation, we can’t get the tools we need to do our jobs,” Rivera said, adding the department has obtained more than $1 million in grants this year. ”We’ve been pretty successful with grants.”

Please note the date is 2009.

They have also been able to use Grant monies to focus on “Hot Spots” in the city and beef up patrols.

Another instrument in the battle is the use of All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) that have just been acquired. Community Resource Officer (CRO) Les Palmer has been trained and will be training other officers. The ATVs and their equipment were paid for with police levy money. At a recent Council Meeting the “activity” in the woods near Ridgewood Cemetery was discussed and to address the problem the new ATVs would certainly help.

Last year I was privileged to experience a Drive Along with (CRO) Palmer. It was an eye opener. The lack of respect and disregard by the youth of Lorain was appalling. Example: Driving through one neighborhood an 8-10 year old male with friends yells at us, “Mr. PoPo get the F*** out of my neighborhood”. Young ladies walking a baby in the street were politely asked to move to the sidewalk, but gave the officer a look that would kill, while mumbling under their breath. So if that’s the way the Youth of Lorain treats our Safety Officers, where would that attitude possibly begin?

Entry filed under: city of lorain, Paula's Perspective, personal opinion, Safety.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. denise caruloff  |  July 1, 2008 at 2:21 am

    The scanner was off the charts Sat nite…i listened to it till past 4:00 am….most all calls were about was appualing to say the least. I am sure this weekend 4th it will be more of the same if not worse. Somehow i remember a quote regarding the 4th from last year. for was stated…”zero tolerance”.
    Hats off to the officers and dispatch on Sat nite.
    I was exhausted just listening.

  • 2. renee dore  |  July 1, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Seems like many teens and children have the upper hand when it comes to parental control- not much of it from some homes near us. They either sneak out or their parents aren’t home during the night hours so they think they have free reign to do as they please late at night. Makes a nightmare situation for many.

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