Comments for: Portland using stats to curb crimes before they become a trend

Posted April 27, 2012, at 12:47 p.m.
Last modified April 27, 2012, at 5:39 p.m.

PORTLAND | Lt. Gary Rogers of the Portland Police Department says crime statistics increasingly are being used to initiate a nearly real-time response to the community’s needs. Portland police don’t typically look for trends over periods of several years, he said, but rather over recent weeks and months. The …

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  • Tom

    I vote we sell Portland to New Hampshire.

    • Anonymous

      And the state is supposed to do what without its economic capital and a 1/3 population reduction (largely of young and middle aged adults)?

      • Anonymous

         PROSPER?

    • Anonymous

      What would NH want with it?

      Give it to Mass. With an accompanying dowery.

      • Tom

        Massachusetts is indeed a better fit. Portland could return to its “sanctuary city” status.

        • Anonymous

          LePage is looking for a State Economics director, sounds like you qualify!

      • Anonymous

        DangWrongMr!  Where’s the money for the dowry coming from?  Paul LePage’s tax cuts?

    • Anonymous

      Maine would fall apart without Portland.  Maybe we could look to Bangor or Lewiston as our shining examples of civilisation and economic development?

    • Anonymous

      Tom–you’re a genius. Forget about tourism, economic stimulation, arts and culture. You’re right, we should be happier to have Milo than Portland. Are you going to sell all of Southern Maine, too, or just Portland? I’m not sure if you’ve looked at a map below Augusta, but that would be difficult to do, logistically.

  • Guest

    pre crime.  Tom Cruise was in a movie about that.

  • Anonymous

     Wouldn’t it make more sense to use tougher sentencing guidelines to curb crime?

  • Anonymous

    Funny how the old port use to be the roughest place in Portland.  Now it is home to tourist and yuppie shops. 

  • Anonymous

    “crime statistics increasingly are being used to initiate a ***nearly real-time*** response to the community’s needs … Portland police don’t typically look for trends over periods of several years, he said, but rather over recent ***weeks and months***.”

    Weeks and months constitutes “nearly real-time” on what planet?

  • Anonymous

    why am i reading this story here, and not in the portland press herald?     oh  yeah,  thats right the press herald doesn’t have any reporters, only copy boys

  • Anonymous

    How about keeping those criminals in prison for a good stiff sentence once they’re caught. That way, the police will only have to go after the new crooks on the block and not waste taxpayer money chasing the same hoods around the hood. Pardon the pun.

  • Guest

    I am going to suggest something that even makes me uncomfortable to say, but as a country (and other countries) we need to discuss this option and work out if it would make any sense.  I notice when it comes to discussing drugs and drug related crimes, people are very afraid to
    talk openly, and I think its time for people to talk without restrictions on this issue.  Its always that 800 lb gorilla in the room that everybody ignores when it comes to this.

     

    So here it goes:

     

    Legalize drugs, why?

     

    1.) The reality is that no matter, legal or not people will obtain their drugs and obtain the money for them in one form or the other.  This is apparent in the crime related activities throughout the country.

     

    2.) Currently drugs are supplied by outside black market organized groups that use the money to fund crime.  What if our government controlled the production of drugs and the quality (safeness)? It would put people like the drug cartels in Mexico, Al Quada in Afganistan, and underground groups in the US out of business, and reduce crime.  As I said it makes me
    uncomfortable to say it, but maybe its a solution.

     

    3.) With that said we need to treat drug addiction as a health issue and not a crime issue,
    as many European countires are considering.  If a person is addicted it negatively affects 5+ people around that person.  Therefore these people need help.

    4.) Many countries have changed policies to help the addict and the victims, but nobody has dared to tackle the making drugs legal issue, therefore the black market and crime still exist.

    5.)  Mainly you want to treat the drug addict as a serious alcoholic, with the same method and that is “abstinence based recovery”.  One may say, well thats crazy to legalize heroin and cocaine, but think about alcohol.  Alcohol effects a person just as hard heroin, etc.  It makes people violent since its a depressant, it destroys ones liver, and causes fatalities, and it is legal, and we practice damage control with it as a society.

    Other Issues

    – Drug abuse is a social problem.  We can see what is happening in Maine and it is very serious.

    – I’m not sure if this is possible with heroic or cocaine, but if a person can control their drug use so it does not effect their lives in a negative manner, then let them be.  It just the same as a person who likes to go home at night and have a drink or two and relax, and they stop at that.  I would say this is possible with cannabis but not sure about the others.

    Before you write any off the cuff comments, please think about what I am saying, and try to give feedback that is helpful.  This is a very serious issue that we need to address.  As I see it it consists of two parts 1.) Treating the addict and the victims in a humane and compassionate way, and 2.) Eliminating the crime associated with drugs.

    I would very pleased if this is read by many politicians at the local, state, and federal level.  As a country we need to discuss this and solve the problem.

    The War on Drugs has failed and punitive punishment does not work.

    Please discuss.

  • Anonymous

    This article will bring the usual “little Boston, Boston North and People’s Republic of Portland” remarks from the envious of hardscrabble eastern and northern Maine, but none of the crabbiness will detract from the fact that in many ways the City of Portland has its act together. If it were located up in the hinterlands it might be a different story, but geography is everything,and Portlanders are bright enough to make the best of theirs. They shouldn’t be faulted for that.

    • Tom

      “little Boston, Boston North and People’s Republic of Portland”

      Looks like you’re the only one to bring it up…

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