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A WORD FROM THE MAYOR
Folks sometimes ask me, ‘What do the police really do anyway?’ That is a good question. In my opinion, what they do the best, is the things you don’t see. The line between a civil, law-abiding society and chaos, is thin, the police are that line. The fact that there is order, that there is security, that you are free to move about your home, your business and your community without fear from some sort of attack, is evidence the police are working. Crime does happen, but our police presence is what makes it possible to move about the city with a sense of security and keeps criminals at bay.
Our police department is the largest line-item of our budget, they make up over 30 percent of our city staff. Our city has 24/7 coverage. Officers work shift work and we are staffed to have multiple officers working on any particular shift, some shifts are known to be busier than others and are staffed accordingly. Patrol is an important part of policing, to see and be seen is part of the city’s offense against crime. As an example, last month in September, there we 63 offense reports generated as a result of patrolling. That does not include traffic stops which totaled 190 last month. The department had a total of 365 calls for service last month, these are calls made to the PD asking for assistance, not necessarily an emergency or result of a crime, but they can be. On the crime side, last month there were 18 arrests. With each of these calls or stops there can be a fairly large amount of paperwork an officer has to complete, so our men and women are busy, and remember every time they roll, they do so knowing they are at a fairly high level of risk to their personal safety. In addition to this there is ongoing investigation work, that never stops.
Our city officers are also supported by other agencies such as or local sheriff’s department and Texas state troopers, which has value to our citizens and we appreciate it. Code enforcement and animal control works under our PD and they are busy as well. Our department is very community-focused and invests a good bit of time in developing relationships with our citizens. This month they held events at National Night Out, Red Ribbon Week, First Responders Appreciation and Kids are First. I can honestly say, our police do a lot. Can we do better? Certainly. We can always strive to a higher level of service, but we have a lot to be thankful for with our men and women in blue. Some cities across our country have seen fit recently to decrease focus and funding in their police departments and one only needs to follow the news to see the ‘fruit’ of that thinking. More crime, less security, well not in Pearsall, our crime fighters certainly have my support.
God Bless the City of Pearsall, the County of Frio, the State of Texas, the United States of America and You.
Ben T. Briscoe
Mayor of Pearsall