Jump out squads are the new topic.  What a dumb name.   I glad Mayor Williams is distancing himself from such.  It is funny how names get formed.  I think it was Mayor Baker or Sills whose press agent when pressed, was the person who named them such?  It may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but a better name would be something that is less aggressive.

Of course sounding tough as an intimidating factor always makes one feel big.  But it also acts in a different way.  It imposes upon a community their powerlessness.  First against the criminals, Then against the justice system.

Both Williams and the Police Chief know this!.

A city’s police force is there as part of the city residents life experience, and their job is to protect the good of which they are apart and diminish the power of the bad, the criminal element.

A better name would be something like:  “Citizen’s Response Team”.  For after all, they are there  only at the behest of citizens who want their neighborhoods to be safe.  Let the criminal elements call them “jump out squads”;…  let that be the word on the streets.  But officially, a name that conveys the idea that the police are just an extension of society at large, they are there to do what society wants, is far more appropriate in this case than one of surprise and intimidation.

Neighborhood society has no problem with these individuals involved.  Most grew up there; they’ve known them since they were little kids. The problem is crime, and every individual in a neighborhood has a choice on whether they want to side with crime, or side with stopping it….

The election on September 11th, I think emphatically gave a mandate that a very large majority of Wilmington sides with those forces stopping it.

Now there is something every citizen can do….

I messed up.  As I pulled of the side street and onto the main street, a parked car held me up, It was some type of SUV with New Jersey plates.  Leaning into its passenger window, was a big black dude, scruffy beard, Army issued overcoat, black pants, who as I pulled up, backed away, and as the car pulled off, the crossed the street in front of me….

If I’d been thinking, I could have pulled my phone, looked like I was talking or texting (as do 99% of Delawareans when they are behind the wheel anyways), and clicked a picture of the car complete with plates and the guy doing the drop.

I could have then sent that to police.

Police later show up at the house of the car’s owner,  Ask what they were doing at that location.  Who was in their window?  Then monitor any call going out from that house that says:  “Dude, you better be careful…someone’s on to you… Really man?  What did they say?”

So, what if the police advertised a hotline or email address or account where anonymous picture of licensed plates of drug deals in progress, could be drop loaded?  How many citizens of Wilmington would love to turn in the street bully they’re deathly afraid of, but can’t because no system exists where the information is completely untraceable?

Why hasn’t this been thought of before?

Rule is:  these pictures can never be used as court evidence and be traceable.  They can only serve as probable cause, upon which all secondary evidence can then be admitable….

And it would cost nothing.

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