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Detective getting office upgrade

SALEM

April 4, 2013

The city plans to rip out the former men’s jail cells and turn the unused space into a detective office, providing Det. Dave Talbert with more room for interviews and evidence processin....

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Brenda2009

Apr-04-13 12:01 PM

Why not save even more money and get people who have community service help out in some way with this. even if it is just separating the metals from junk? Might not be much be even a couple of hours off the professionals bill is savings. Just a thought.... could be liability reason not to...

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WatchDog

Apr-04-13 3:50 PM

I can only imagine how humiliating and degrading it must be to be a police officer in this city!

We have to get better leadership in this city. This is sickening.

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WatchDog

Apr-04-13 3:53 PM

Brenda it would take somebody to be able to think outside the box and tear themselves away from their own personal private agendas before that could happen. Even when this City has ways to save money...they BLOW IT!

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RickDrummond

Apr-04-13 4:21 PM

Watchdog, may I ask you what YOU are doing or are going to do to get that new leadership you crave for the City? You seem to have strong opinions on the subject of the current City leadership so I wonder if YOU are prepared to take steps to make the changes you think are necessary? It's not too late to file and run as an Independent for one of the Council at large seats up for election this fall. If you're prepared to take that step, to drive the "change" you feel is needed, I will work with you to get the needed signatures to get you on the ballot but if you're not willing to step up, but rather leave it to someone else to do the job, your comments tend to ring hollow.

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PattiHannah

Apr-04-13 5:37 PM

Councilman Drummond that is by far a very interesting comment you tapped out. Guilty conscious?

I don't think the question should be about what watch dog should or shouldn't be doing? I think the question should be what are YOU doing to rectify the apparent problems our Police Department is enduring with the lack of funding?

YOU just had our Police Chief resorting to "begging" publicly for funding.

Funding that apparently is not appropriated to bring that City service up to a quality of standard to make them effective and efficient in today's Law Enforcement capacity and demand.

As a taxpayer and homeowner of Salem, I find it disturbing and I am not pleased that our Police department is short changed.

Instead of you playing the wounded Mr. Drummond, why don't you incorporate Brenda2009 great idea and watchdog's drive and incorporate the two together and maybe Chief Panezott would have the funding he needs for that equipment he is "begging" for in the

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PattiHannah

Apr-04-13 5:40 PM

news today.

Now Councilman, do you wish to take a swat at me for this or throw back the same rhetoric about running for office because I happen to agree with both comments.

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RickDrummond

Apr-04-13 6:31 PM

Sorry, no I do not have a guilty conscience. You look at it as begging, I see it as a normal request for funds not previously budgeted for. So the Chief, following procedure, requested and received additional funds to do the work he felt was necessary for his department to function properly. As for what I am doing? I and the other members of this council are working at providing Salem with the best services we can with the resources we are given to work with. My question to Watchdog was a simple one. What is she going to do about what she perceives to be poor leadership within the City. If everyone who felt something else needed to be done waited until someone (else) did something, I suspect all we'd get is more statements that someone needs to do something!

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EATTHERICH

Apr-04-13 6:31 PM

I like the idea.Give the new chief a chance.Seems like he's trying to do the right thing.

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PattiHannah

Apr-04-13 7:22 PM

"So the Chief, following procedure, requested and received additional funds to do the work he felt was necessary for his department to function properly."

So what YOU are saying Councilman, that if Chief Panezott would have asked for the additional funding he felt was needed for his Detective division to function properly in his request, as in those additional costs associated to the equipment he needed to furnish that new upgrade that is going to enhance that department and better serve our community...you would not have hesitated to see he received it as well?

Meaning that this was just a matter of him requesting it but he failed to do so?

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PattiHannah

Apr-04-13 7:28 PM

"Panezott said new flooring will be installed, along with a wall and dropped ceiling. They'll use furniture they already have or can beg from somewhere else to furnish the office."

I don't know, just my guess, that "proper functioning" list would be a wee bit bigger than some furniture!

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RickDrummond

Apr-04-13 9:04 PM

Since the Chief didn't ask for funds for furniture and equipment, items he seemed to know he could procure else where at little or no cost, I'm not sure how I would have replied. I assume had he asked he would have had some additional information that would have weighed in my decision. However, I also suspect that Chief Panezott understands the City's resources are finite, so his requests for funding for not previously budgeted projects have to be based on his most pressing needs. He felt at this time the removal of the mens holding cell was needed and his request was granted.

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qcityfan

Apr-05-13 11:30 AM

I am glad the new Chief is continuing to go after the crime element in this city that is ruining it. All the while we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars TOO MUCH on a bloated fire department; money that should be re-allocated to the police department in order to save the city from criminal destruction.

WE HAVE A CRIME PROBLEM, NOT A FIRE PROBLEM, and our spending priorities and allocation of resources ought to reflect that and our resolve to fix our true problems.

Together, we can do it!

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dds1983

Apr-05-13 1:06 PM

Blow it out your tail pipe qcity, same song and dance. Try something original.

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qcityfan

Apr-05-13 2:46 PM

Please refute the facts; oh that's right, you can't.

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swager

Apr-05-13 4:02 PM

Watchdog performs a valuable service to Salem by posting here and drawing out many council members and others with designs for the city. Does anyone think the topics and replies In writing for all to see here for future use would be possible in the council's venue? Mr. Nestic already said the bloggers here cause them problems. In my travels I haven't found anyone with confidence in the current admin. from their policies and saying the money is the problem, not the decisions made. Those who know they are doing right ignore dissent. Those who are not sure protest and attack the messenger.

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PattiHannah

Apr-05-13 5:25 PM

Councilman Drummond, instead of the assuming, guessing, suspecting array in your responses to how Chief Panezott may or may not think, let's do it this way.

As an elected official, have you ever asked him?

I can just about guarantee that 12 x 24 upgrade was not Chief Panezott’s most pressing need as you are trying to dictate it to be. If I had a to make a judgement call, I would say that request for funding was more in nature of a "something being better than a nothing shot".

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PattiHannah

Apr-05-13 5:26 PM

Detective Talbert is handling 4 significant active cases. Time consuming active cases is nothing to underestimate. I have no doubt in my mind, Det. Talbert is very good at what he does, but he isn't a super hero, he is just one man. That upgrade will make his job a bit easier but if by far is not a solution to bringing the Police Dept up to a quality of standard needed to be affective to make an impact on Public Safety in Salem.

I was a bit in shock to learn that they had only one Detective for the City the size of Salem. That is unacceptable. Just out of sheer curiosity Councilman? How many “active cases” would it take to justify another hiring for a Detective for the Police Department for you to make your decision of merit in regards to funding that request?

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WatchDog

Apr-05-13 6:10 PM

I shook the tree and look what fell out of it! hehe

Rick asks: "Watchdog, may I ask you what YOU are doing or are going to do to get that new leadership you crave for the City?

Sure you can Rick, it's called VOTING!!! It's also, called, seizing every opportunity I can to fight for the best interests of this ENTIRE CITY. My family, my neighbors, my friends, my community. Reminding you every chance I get, that this is NOT about YOU, it never has been nor should it ever be. It is a reminder that YOU have a responsibility to every single taxpayer and resident of this City to perform in a manner RESPECTABLE to each them. This popularity and fan club is getting old. You don't like it, to sad, to bad. I'm not here to be a member of your popularity fan club, I am here to ask serious questions. I don't work for you, YOU work for me. It is time YOU accept that. WHO I am Rick, shouldn't be your concern, the only concern YOU should have Rick is who you are!

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WatchDog

Apr-05-13 6:17 PM

swager states: "Mr. Nestic already said the bloggers here cause them problems."

GREAT! Glad to hear it. Because if asking these tough questions opens the eyes of just one blind trusted voter...it is LONG OVERDUE. Because it is about the only thing that is going to change Salem into a prosperous City for EVERYONE.

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WatchDog

Apr-05-13 6:22 PM

@PattiHannah! ATTA GIRL! Defending the number 1 priority service in this City is long overdue! I respect you opinion HIGHLY and appreciate your background and expertise on this subject.

Here is my fav saying!

You can't change the makeup of a community, until you change the makeup of a Police Department and you can't change that until you change the makeup of Government!!

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WatchDog

Apr-05-13 6:33 PM

EATTHERICH states: "I like the idea.Give the new chief a chance.Seems like he's trying to do the right thing."

He will only be as good as he can be with that short chain Gov has around his neck.

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WatchDog

Apr-05-13 6:40 PM

qcityfan, you know I agree with you a majority of the time, but both are PRIORITY SERVICES and it took a special new friend to explain that difference in a view that is never looked at! One is not less important than the other. We just happen to have a bitter money war raging between them and one is being shoved to the bottom of the priority list...that happens to be the PD.

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WatchDog

Apr-05-13 6:45 PM

dds1983 states: "Blow it out your tail pipe qcity, same song and dance. Try something original."

What exactly would be YOUR original dds1993? As in running around telling people to "Blow it out your tail pipe" fall in that classification?

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outlaw

Apr-05-13 7:13 PM

Change scares folks. That's why this town has been in rut for so long. you can't convince folks that sometimes you have go backwards bafore you can go forward. I agree with some on here about this town and the changes needed, these council folks are always moaning about money but they just don't see to have any concrete substance behind their moans. I will probably regret this but i wouldn't mind paying a small tax at the end of the year to improve the PD to help rid this towns drug and crime problems. I would agree to that quicker than a tax for a downtown beauty queen project.

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outlaw

Apr-05-13 7:20 PM

Rick why is it everytime somebody disagrees with you that same smart remark comes from your mouth about folks need to run? If all folks whom had opinins and ideas had to run for seats on council just to be heard or taken serious as you believe then i doubt you would be sittin in that seat you hold cuz there are lots of people in town that are a lot smarter and wiser than you buddy. i think you owes some folks on here an apology for your rude arragant behavior.

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