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Norristown Encourages Residents to Reach Out to Local Law Enforcement

The Norristown Police Department has issued an appeal on the municipality's website for residents to become better acquainted with the men and women whose job it is to protect and serve them.

From the Norristown Police Department:

The most important ingredient to effective law enforcement today is communication between the members of the community and the officers hired to serve them.

We encourage you to become acquainted with the officers of our department and to seek their support whenever it is needed. When in doubt about whether to call, please choose to contact us.

Residents can contact the Norristown Police Department at 610-270-0977.

OMG January 09, 2013 at 08:24 PM
They are not begging for information, they are trying to force people to say its this person or that person when they know its not.
Sally19401 January 09, 2013 at 09:00 PM
There are good cops and bad copys everywhere, including here in Norristown. It will be challenging for them to have several leaders over the next year as Council failed to appropriately start a search for a Police Chief in time. They are just working out the search process and Chief Bono retires the end of February. Council has made no effort to advise the community of their choice for an Interim Chief. Presumably, Willie Richet will take over after he retires for a day based on all of the local media speculation. He has worked at PAL for several years now. Not exactly the best qualification for even an Interim Chief. How much money will this cost Norristown? All concerned citizens should try and get out for any meetings Bill Caldwell holds regarding what the community is looking for in a Police Chief. I hope James will be able to help spread the word. I do have a word of caution for all - in an Equal Opportunity Search - race is not a criteria. Let's make sure the conversation is about real criteria such as a good plan for reducing youth violence in the Community as well as at least 10 years of police experience, with several years in a supervisor role. Also - why not state Master's preferred. I also believe the candidates should also be able to deal with a diverse population such as the one we have here in town.
jxjipper January 10, 2013 at 01:13 AM
What is so hard about a criteria? The criteria is QUALIFIED. Not black qualified, not Spanish speaking qualified, not keep-the-council members happy qualified, not keep-the- Irish happy qualified and not keep-the Italians-happy qualified. We need "kick-ass serious tired of this shit qualified" and let the chips fall where they belong.
Elliot Peters January 10, 2013 at 02:41 AM
OMG, why couldn't I be another race? Because I believe in the people serving our community then that makes me caucasian? I am a highly educated resident(who is white if that makes it easier for you) who has multiple friends in trouble with the law. Some people chose a pathetic lifestyle and have since exited my life. Other friends were stupid and now have to rebuild. Both white and black. But I don't blame the police because they had to pay for what they did. Or the system or the lawyers. I blame them because of their stupidity. The friends who changed put their energy towards becomming normal again. The police have to look at the bottom line and people that are repeat offenders. If someone has their pants hanging off their ass looking around like they did something wrong, well then they fit the common profile of a thug. Not to say that they were doing anything wrong, but the commonality with that look and crime are enough to at least investigate the area.
OMG January 10, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Elliott I hope I didn't offend you in any way because that's not what I wanted to do. Some of them wasn't offenders at all. How about some of the law enforcement officials just have personal hate against certain people, stereotyping is not good. Just because they like the style does not mean they are a thug and does not mean they or the area they are in needs to be investigated. I've seen it with my own eyes but guess what if they didn't speak up then I can't. I am all for the law when the law is being followed correctly not corruptly.

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