Editorial: Opportunity to pitch in for good guys
Community Watch meetings haven’t drawn the crowds they should comparable to the combined criticism of bad people committing crimes and the good people trying to stop them.
Depending on who is asked and how the question might be phrased, either end of the spectrum will be touched. One candidate for Henderson City Council said statistics show the city ranks No. 2 in the country — the entire United States — in property crime rate for population 15,000 to 20,000.
Doesn’t take much of a stretch to see that ballooned into something it is not. It is specifically what it reads and nothing more, or less. We would draw a comparison to the Uniform Crime Reporting Data from the state and the Henderson Police Department, which is the recognized measurement for whether a city has increased or decreased in its amount of crime.
But keep in mind these are statistical measures. Hall of Fame baseball players hit into outs 70 percent of the time. They gets hits 30 percent. Yet a .300 lifetime average will get adoration and a place in the Hall.
With statistics, it’s about the presentation.
That’s why tonight’s Community Watch meeting is important and demands better attendance. A public input opportunity in the police chief search didn’t even draw 50 citizens. Aside from captains of the Community Watch, participants in the forum and law enforcement, we’re going to be surprised to see more than a dozen others tonight.
That’s not to be pessimistic — prove us wrong. But there were fewer than that at the last meeting, by such a measuring stick, with a little more than 60 bodies.
The meeting needs input from the citizens angry about bad things happening to otherwise good people. The meeting needs input from citizens unhappy a select group is giving our community a bad reputation.
The meeting needs input from those willing to participate in an exchange of ideas and try to solve issues and problems rather than screaming the loudest with the first notion being blame.
Henderson’s worst crimes are arguably between people who know each other and have differences often involving illegal activity. But every life is precious and should be treated as such.
Not participating tonight only helps the bad guys.