"Hiring additional Police Officers may be a good idea, but a decision must be based on the community's priorities. We are fortunate to have violent crime and burglary rates that are 40 percent below the national average. But maintaining those low rates is not just a matter of having more police officers. It takes a good education system, good job opportunities and positive activities for our young people - the kind found at our schools, libraries and rec centers. The safety of a community also depends on maintaining streets and sidewalks, building new road systems like the South Beltway and making sure our fire stations are placed strategically to provide fast response to all parts of our City.
"We are planning a community conversation on these issues in October. I look forward to working with the entire community to set an agenda for next year's budget."