Give Cops a FREE House
Burglaries and street crimes are up 71% post-Katrina. Only 12 police cars are on patrol between 7 pm and 7 am from Clearview to the Orleans Parish line, from the Miss. River to the Lake--due to attrition.
The Solution: Use the 20,000 homes purchased under Road Home as an incentive to retain and hire more police officers. Give Cops a FREE House if they agree to work here for 7 years. And, legislatively fund more active police patrols that utilize walking patrols at the beginning and ending of a patrol schedule--as has been successfully tried in the Harahan Police Department.
Mr. Tidmore had this to say on Monday, "I made the final decision to run for the legislature after my house was burglarized. I don't know if you have noticed, but police patrols are down drastically since Katrina."
"It is no secret as to why," the District 82 State Rep. candidate continued, "We have lost police officers to other cities that pay more."
"But, there is a simple solution to keep many of our police officers in Jefferson Parish, and help the JPSO recruit new ones--Give Cops a FREE House."
"Right now, the plan is to dispense with the 20,000 homes purchased under the Road Home by old fashioned political patronage. Instead, any cops (and firemen, first responders, teachers, or nurses) who agree to commit to work here for seven years, will receive a free house--and a low interest loan to fix it up."
"The cost to the state is minimal, and it will put more police on the streets."
"What do you think of the idea? I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. Call me 504-734-0954. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"And, watch us talk about the plan on TV, on Cox 10, Wednesdays, at 5 pm."
"And I hope you will consider voting for me, Christopher Tidmore for State Representative, on Saturday, October 20th--so I can enact this plan for more cops in our neighborhoods."
Tidmore is seeking the District 82 seat vacated by the term limited Steve Scalise. It encompasses central Metairie, Elmwood, Old Jefferson, and Riverbend area of Uptown New Orleans. Christopher Tidmore resigned his positions as Senior Reporter for 99.5 FM and Political Columnist for The Louisiana Weekly Newspaper to run.
September 10, 2007 9:50 AM