Whenever I hear of rising violence and a rising death toll in the City of Aurora, I take a deep and concerning breath, and recall a time when Aurora mourned close to 30 murders in a single year. Fortunately, those days are gone, and we can never allow them to ever return.
We must have problem-oriented policing. The plan to address the issue includes:
- Reinforcement and expansion of community-based policing. We must have more officers to walk a beat again and address quality of life issues such as keeping properties repaired.
- Increase the number of community groups. The Mayor’s office will be actively involved in forming and sustaining our community groups. We will be encouraging aldermen to increase their involvement in their wards doing the same thing.
- Re-create the Community Based Prosecutor unit working directly with police and community groups to address the quality of life issues at the grass-roots level.
- We must prosecute as many crimes as we possibly can locally in Aurora branch court, including drunken driving cases.
- We must make local, state and federal partnerships for proactive policing and I will involve the Mayor’s office with consistent meetings. Repeat criminals in Aurora is unacceptable.
- It is important to catch kids at a young age by helping them recognize what the law is. We must reinstate and expand the peer jury system and other youth crime diversion programs.
Moreover, it is important to prioritize getting police back to their full staff positions. This is an area where we can’t afford to cut costs.