Jonathan F. Griffith on Public Safety
Committed to ensuring the safety of our citizens and the preparedness of those who serve.
We cannot continue to say we want businesses to come to Lumberton and that we value the residents of Lumberton if we do not provide essential services like an adequate police department and fire protection. One cannot be valued without validation. It’s time to stop saying what’s not in the budget and use the budget effectively to provide the best use of taxpayer money.
We must prioritize the use of existing revenues and optimize the collection of uncollected fines to help support the police department. Those who keep us safe, who we expect to risk their lives every day, deserve the respect of their employer. It’s unacceptable that we have one officer per shift. That’s not respect. Everyone on the board is too eager to cut the meeting short and silence the citizens but it’s time to roll up our sleeves, listen to the citizens and develop a plan that will allow the City of Lumberton to upgrade police equipment/vehicles, improve salaries, grow community outreach and provide the most advanced tools required to keep citizens and our public safety personnel safe. If we have enough money in the budget to secure city hall, then we should find resources to have that same level of protection throughout the City of Lumberton.
Developing relationships between safety personnel and our community, while building upon citizen engagement will be the key in bridging the gap between citizens and city hall. Our common goal should be to make sure the City of Lumberton progresses like the surrounding cities and have enough protection to ensure the citizens are safe during the process.