Normandy Park Raises Cash To Keep AuthoritiesLaw Enforcement Officer

December 12, 2015 Nemes Money

The tree lighting in Normandy Park is constantly a crowd pleaser, with music, and naturally a check out from Santa.But this year there was something a little different.A group of residents invested the night asking next-door neighbors to chip in and come up with$ 276,000 to pay the incomes of two policepolicemans and a records clerk.Our police force is a fantastic neighborhood asset

and its actually the heart and soul of Normandy Park, said neighborhood volunteer Stuart Jenner.After a levy on the November tally failed, Chief Chris Gaddis said he had no choice but to considerto think about layoffs, dropping from 10 officers to 8- something he thinks will affect security We are surrounded by areas that have greater criminal offense rates and we have actually done well in my viewpoint keeping criminal activity in Normandy Park, stated Gaddis.The City board is anticipated to put another levy on the February ballot for a long-term financing source. On the other hand they began

a Go Fund Me page and strategy to go door to door to alter minds and get money. its a problem that has divided the community.Chris Reddy sees both sides We requirehave to discover options for people who cant pay maybe theyre on a set earnings, he said.Organizers admit the issue over their cops certainly put a different twist on their festivities but they hope eventually it will make everybody safer.The neighborhood comes together at Christmas

lighting and hopefully the community is going to come together for the cops so they truly do fit together, said Jenner.

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