Article published Monday, August 27, 2007
Toledo a safe place to raise your family
On Aug. 13, I attended a press conference at Joe E. Brown Park in North Toledo with Mayor Carty Finkbeiner to announce the city's fourth Model Block program. The next day, The Blade's headline stated that the mayor rejected calls to enlarge the police force. Interestingly, that headline was not reflective of the content of the article. At the press conference, the mayor praised and congratulated the police officers present for the fine work they have done this year and last year in reducing the city's crime rate.
Mayor Finkbeiner also emphasized our city's low murder rate compared to other cities in the Midwest. To date, Toledo has experienced seven murders, one of which was actually committed in 2006. However, with the body discovered in 2007, it counts on this year's tally. Thanks to the diligent work of our police officers and detectives, all of this year's homicides have been solved.
It is easy for political candidates to jump on such a headline and demand more police officers. It is much more difficult to maintain a stellar police force, such as the one we have in Toledo, within the budget constraints with which we are confronted.
Compare our crime rate to that of Cleveland, Cincinnati, or any similar-sized city in the United States, and it is easy to conclude that Toledo is a safe city in which to live and raise a family.
Michael J. Navarre
Chief of Police
City of Toledo