By Letter to the Editor on November 5, 2019.
Adding more police officers will do little to mitigate our growing crime for two reasons.
1) We have a catch-and-release justice system. Our justice system allows mentally unstable addicts to roam the streets while continuously victimizing innocent people.
2) We have a SCS facility which it can be proven has attracted hundreds of criminal addicts and dealers from outside of Lethbridge. As long as it remains open, criminals will continue to arrive.
To truly help the addict and keep the residents safe, the criminals should be given the choice of court-ordered rehab or long-term jail. If that requires expanded facilities to do that, then so be it.
One final note on the matter in regard to the SCS. We were assured it would reduce crime, reduce needle debris, help the addicts, and make Lethbridge a safer place. Yet, it’s blatantly obvious that because of its proven characteristic to attract hundreds of criminals from outside of Lethbridge, the opposite of all that has occurred. The SCS boondoggle is a result of political virtue signalling and a total lack of foresight. It has caused Lethbridge to become a cesspool of drugs and crime.