When a spate of arrests are made, it makes news. But does that mean the incidence of the crime is higher or that the police are doing a good job solving the crimes that are there.
Murders, bank robberies and the like are quantifiable crimes. Most crimes are not....They are only crimes if someone is caught or if someone complains. That's true of simple things like traffic infractions or more serious matters including drugs.
The latter is a problem because of the human costs and the pathologies it brings to neighborhoods.
The city now works with other police agencies on a joint effort to keep a lid on drugs, which are a big problem. That seems a successful and prudent approach and if the police chief ask for additional resources that will get fair consideration. Both mayoral candidates have supported the same budgets over the years and voted for the same collective bargaining agreements.
There is little to be learned from the "record" on this issue.
Watertown Daily Times Mayoral candidates Jeff Graham, Jeff Smith offer differing visions on crime