You don't have to be a criminal justice expert to understand that criminals do not respect any jurisdictional boundaries. Our cities and towns in this corner of Indiana are so close to each other that crime can easily spread from one hot spot to the next.
In a rare show of cooperation, region police departments are pooling their resources to stop crimes in our most dangerous neighborhoods. They recognize that by quelling crime in troubled spots, the quality of life is enhanced for all of us.
It's unfortunate Eric Krieg doesn't recognize this. In his poorly reasoned screed published in Tuesday's paper, he claims police are only stopping trivial crimes in places like Gary and that the resources of places like Schererville are being wasted. Mr. Krieg clearly does not understand the big picture. The vitality of the region is dependent on all our cities being safe — not just little enclaves like Munster.
It is likely that many economic opportunities have been lost for our entire area because of high crime rates in some spots. We can improve the economic health of our region by investing in proven crime-reduction strategies — strategies that are now being carried out on our streets.
- Stephen Ray, Munster