Not all offenders are alike. There is no magic rule, ordinance, law or scrutiny that will be successful in stopping all crime from occurring. If laws and the threat of punishment were the complete answer, there would be no crime.
Crime control in a community begins with the individual. Are you taking precautions to protect your family members, property, self? Do you wait for the problem to occur or is prevention part of your self-responsibility? If not, it should be!
Police can do many things that help, but to put all expectation on them, is to deny that limitation exists, as with any aspect of life, their duties notwithstanding. The Select woman's proposal has merit and is preventive in nature. We should not look at "the moment" but project ahead, do a thorough examination of the issue, gain understanding and propose a solution that is sustainable and well thought out. Easy enough to get the list of sex offenders in this or other communities, it is on the Maine Department of Corrections website.
Maine Department of Probation can be asked to rank the sex offenders living in Wilton by risk, threat potential, who are the most serious predators, etc? Do not worry about the 20 or more, get a list of real potential threat and make plans to monitory them. Obtain a list and categorize by type of crime committed (there again, it is a variety of offenses), some not as dangerous as we might think, when we narrowly lump them altogether.
We should not sit and wait for something to happen, when prevention could help. But, each of us knows that events happen that should not and when they do, hindsight does little, whereas prevention goes far. We are way too far down a road of blame someone, divert the solution through unproductive rock throwing. We can do better.
The crime triangle used in the study of crime acknowledges that three components are needed for a crime to happen. One, a perpetrator/offender, two a victim, and three a place where it will occur and that location not having immediate protection or prevention in existence (police, security, or other person). Those three elements must come together to allow a crime to happen. Disrupt any one and it will not!
The Wilton Police Department is doing a good job in providing service. They have many, many duties, events, crimes, activities to pay attention to (do you have any idea as a citizen of just what they are engaged in?) and of great benefit, the Chief and officers are dedicated, attentive and concerned for our community.
Sure naysayers exist, but theirs is a personal problem and not the fault of the police. We, citizens, need to do our part to make Wilton a safe and healthy community. Take stock, what can you do to help? I suspect a lot!
Information can be found on the State of Maine website.
And so it goes. When government, primarily enforcement, is the single most prominent reaction to the substance abuse problem, it will fail to reduce consumption, as nearly 50 years of experience shows. This country has spent multiple billions on enforcement, prosecution and incarceration, and while it does what it does, we have not experienced reduction or change of attitude since the 1960's kick off of the “War on Drugs”.
And importantly, we have dumped this gigantic social problem on our law enforcement folks, walked away, and complain things are not working. We have not given them parallel systems and help needed, and given that fact, shame on us! We are not true partners with law enforcement and standing in the shadows pointing fingers is a useless gesture.
Want to fix this social problem; it will take a massive effort from all quarters of society. We seem to like the pain, ruined lives, and deaths, at a cost we do not fathom. Truth is, as a family among many in Maine that has experienced what improper use of drugs can do, we are saddened and angry at what happens to people (loved ones), who cannot resist the pull of substances that take control of life.
If we add the cost of services, crime, criminal justice, medical, lost wages, damage to families, deaths, harm of substance abuse, social services, wasted lives, lost income, etc.; we would gasp at the total dollars. As we do not track costs in their totality, so we remain ignorant of the depth of harm, thus dampening the true problem.
If money is to be made on dependence, the flow of illegal or prescription drugs to those addicted will never diminish. Actually, it appears to be a more serious social problem today and escalating. Until we change focus from arresting away the problem to include, in a substantial way, an applied education, prevention and treatment balance, we are continuously starting at the finish line.
No one wins that race!!