TAPinto Paterson has invited all candidates for Mayor and City Council to offer statements on several key issues related to the future of Paterson. These submissions will be run in their entirety and not edited in any way.

Following are former councilman, and council hopeful, Kenneth “KD” McDaniel’s views on crime and safety

This issue affects every person that enters the City, whether they are residents, business owners, children, or guests. It’s arguably the most critical aspect of an effective plan to rebuild and revitalize our City.

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Grappling with the intricacies of Public Safety involves an array of interconnected components. It deals with far more than enforcement and police presence. It means moving from an “Anything Goes In Paterson” mindset to one that espouses common values and agreed upon norms that promote healthy lifestyle choices, community pride, and shared values.

I plan to work diligently on all aspects of ensuring the safety, wellbeing, and prosperity of all our residents, business owners, and visitors. To that end, I will continue to propose and advocate for effective community policing, ongoing first responder training, recruitment of Patersonians to positions in public safety, providing adequate alternatives/opportunities for youth, striving to ensure that residents are gainfully employed, advocating for the enforcement of current ordinances, assessing ordinances to ensure they meet our needs, informing residents about the importance of disaster and emergency preparedness, altering the perception of our City for the better, cleaning our streets, mitigating our problems with abandoned properties, advocating home ownership through municipal programs, addressing homelessness, providing addiction and mental health services, creating/supporting re-entry programs, attracting industries that meet the needs of our residents, etc.

Narcotics sales/use, trespassing, burglary, harassment, juvenile delinquency, noise pollution, littering, public inebriation, assault, impeding commerce, and other illegal, unhealthy, unwanted, and detrimental activities that negatively impact our quality of life have stifled Paterson’s progress and growth for far too long. Through the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, my plan calls for working with the new Administration in the areas of police deployment, Special Police details, resource acquisition, community-based policing, and other strategic methods of counteracting social problems and improving the lives of Patersonians; making our City safer, more productive, and as nuisance-free as possible.

 

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