Moody Announces Public Safety Platform - Updated

On Saturday, May 16th, Jim Moody will lay out his plan for reducing crime in Toledo. Included in his proposal will be new sentencing guidelines for convicted criminals, enhancing and shifting TPD work rules regarding police officers and providing better tools for neighbors to protect their homes and their neighborhoods.

The press conference will be held at the southeast corner of the safety building and begin promptly at noon. Included in his presentation will be visual examples representing specific parts of his plan.

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Moody Outlines Public Safety Initiative

On Saturday, May 16, Mayoral candidate Jim Moody detailed specific plans on curbing crime in Toledo. During the press conference held near the jail, it was observed that inmates began a protest when Moody showed the proposed community service uniform and gestured towards the jail. Said Moody, "I was heartened to see these criminals already protesting what may be. Imagine the impact the program will have once we implement it."

Part of Moody's program also detailed plans about enhancing ‘neighborhood identity'. Commenting on the neighbors who banded together near the Birmingham District this weekend to clean up a park, Moody said, "These neighbors exemplify what can happen when neighbors have a greater sense of ownership. This kind of community spirit proves this program can work."

Following is a written version of this weekend's statement.

Increasing Public Safety

By

Jim Moody

Candidate For Mayor

Public safety is the most important job of any government. Toledo is no exception. As long as neighbors fear where they live, our city will die. As long as businesses fear where they are located, they will leave. Nothing is as important as public safety.

Toledo can take the steps necessary to better protect our parents and our children.

First, we most hold criminals accountable. Incarceration often does not work. Accountability and responsibility does work. Today, I call upon our judges to impose sentences on nonviolent criminals that require community service, in uniform, in the neighborhoods where the convicts live and in the neighborhoods where the crime was committed. These criminals will wear a uniform of shame, will incur a sentence that shows their peers Toledo will no longer tolerate criminal activity and we will make this community a safer and better place in which to live.

Next, we will put more police officers back on line. Toledo will begin a program that removes officers from behind desks, from the tow lot businesses, from construction project oversight, from nonemergency traffic incidents, from juvenile monitoring and put them back on the streets where they belong, protecting the citizens of Toledo. Not only will we restore the number of officers on our streets, we will increase the number of police officers if necessary. We can do all this without raising taxes. Simply by changing the way the city pays for health care benefits, this can be accomplished. I pledge a Moody Administration will better protect our children and our parents.

Additionally, we will arm our neighbors with the tools necessary to better protect themselves and their neighborhoods. We will immediately begin a program that allows video, often taken from cellular phones, to be downloaded to a police monitored website. That evidence will be used to make arrests and jail criminals.

Not only will we give our neighbors the tools necessary to protect their neighborhoods, we will give them back their neighborhood identity. It's time we dismantle the urban myths of the 1960's and 1970's and go back to being a City of neighborhoods. It is a well known fact that once a neighborhood loses its identity, it also loses its sense of community. I propose that we re-establish neighborhood names and begin referencing them. I call upon the media, the city and the neighbors themselves to more frequently use the names of neighborhoods like 5-points, Birmingham, Hampton Park and others. It is also important that we rename the neighborhoods that have long lost their identities.

Finally, we must restore our fire department. It's time we once again allow firefighters to fight fires. We will immediately meet our minimum staffing requirement and stop the outrageous overtime that endangers these men and women all the while costing our city millions of dollars each year. The first step is by getting out of the ambulance business. It's time we get back to firefighting basics.

We can increase jobs and increase public safety, all without adding to the taxpayer burden.

Protecting our children and our parents is supposed to be city government's top priority. I pledge as mayor we will again make it so.

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"Additionally, we will arm our neighbors with the tools necessary to better protect themselves and their neighborhoods."

It seems strange that Mr Moody would use that phrasing, since the basic arming is with a weapon as a recognized right under the national and state constitutions. Hence:

Mr Moody:

Do you recognize the right to open carry of a firearm as affirmed for all of Ohio by the state supreme court? Specifically, would you direct the TPD to honor that right within the city limits? After all, the city of Toledo is ENTIRELY within the state of Ohio.

\signed\
GuestZero

We will immediately begin a program that allows video, often taken from cellular phones, to be downloaded to a police monitored website. That evidence will be used to make arrests and jail criminals

Doesn't the evidence need to be corroborated with an actual person to testify? I don't know much about criminal procedures but this doesn't sound like something that will work if there's not a person to testify. And i can tell you one thing, if i were to witness a drug deal going down, the most i'd be willing to do is make an anonymous phone call, i would definatly not be a witness in court and jeapodize my family with retaliation.

"i would definatly not be a witness in court and jeapodize my family with retaliation"

Since I'm armed, the jeopardy here is in the stupid asshole who'd attack me. You should adopt the same attitude. As soon as the thugs scared you from EVER stopping them, THEY WON.

Which means snitches will still get stitches.

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

Apparently the evidence does not need to be corroborated with an actual person.

All you need is a picture to prove your guilt. A picture supplied by a company in Arizona is good enough to prove you are guilty.

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

Comment from Jim Moody: Additionally, we will arm our neighbors with the tools necessary to better protect themselves and their neighborhoods. We will immediately begin a program that allows video, often taken from cellular phones, to be downloaded to a police monitored website. That evidence will be used to make arrests and jail criminals.

Does that mean that you'll be replacing the police officer's sidearm with a video camera? Maybe a better idea would be to order Toledo Police to recognize the constitutional right to bear arms. If video cameras could protect anyone from becoming the victim of a crime, the TPD wouldn't need sidearms. That isn't the case, is it Mr. Moody? So how about it, where do you stand on the right to bear arms?

Comment from Jim Moody: Protecting our children and our parents is supposed to be city government's top priority.

When did this happen? Seriously, I've never seen or heard about this as priority number one, but while we're at it, how about listing the responsibilities of city government along with the top three priorities of the city government and what you would do to satisfy these responsibilities if you were elected.

For all I know Mr. Moody might actually have a plan.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

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