Dayton Police Department: Impact Information
Marshal Robert "Scott" Taylor provided this impact statement on public safety issues for the new neighborhood. The Marshal has more than 20 consecutive years in law enforcement, ranging from Corrections Officer to Detective Sargent with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department. Marshal Taylor's history is on the official Town of Dayton site. (Emphasis in the article was added by We Are Dayton Too.)
I have been asked by the council to provide some information on how the proposed subdivision might impact the Dayton Police Department.
I believe that increasing our number of households by twenty percent will not diminish the service we provide to Dayton substantially. At this time, one officer per shift can adequately cover this. Even with the proposed additional households, I believe we can continue to be a proactive police department.
Will there be any impact? The answer to that is yes. We will have 110 extra households to patrol. Will there be crime? I expect when it is all completed, any incidents will be domestic in nature or property crimes. Just like the rest of Dayton, we have a relatively low crime rate to begin with. With the proposed median cost of the houses in the new subdivision I don't expect the problems associated with low income high density housing as in an inner city. Will traffic be a problem? A subdivision will add traffic to Dayton Rd. and S.R. 38. I do not anticipate having to physically direct traffic at this intersection to clear jams. The average household has two cars. This translates to 220 cars more or less. I don't foresee that all 220 cars will be on the road at the same time. There will be times when a little patience is required. A little planning and considering alternate routes can help with this.
We patrol Dayton Rd. south of the railroad already. We do traffic enforcement on Dayton Road South also. Another point to consider. If this subdivision were built and not annexed, it is likely that Dayton Police would respond to emergencies that arise there based on our proximity anyway. Just like we do now for other areas outside of town but relatively close. We routinely respond to assist until the situation is stable. The major difference is that we would not routinely patrol there and take incident reports if the subdivision were not in Dayton.
If or when the Police Dept. adds additional officers or hours to meet the policing needs of the town, the decision would be made based on the activity and statistical reports documenting actual problems at the time. [See The Reality of Public Safety] I firmly believe that the Dayton Police Department could best serve Dayton with a 24/7 police force. Dayton residents deserve and need this type of service. Unfortunately Dayton does not have the budget for this coverage. The Town Council and I work together to provide the best coverage possible within the current budgeted funds. The police department is the most expensive part of the town's budget and the council has always made police protection a priority for its residents.