Information about the Mexico Police Department
To the Editor:
I just want to point out that today is not what it is 15 years ago. In the Mexico Police Department 15 years ago, there were four fulltime police officers, not just one or two.
Also, our call rate has nearly doubled in the past 15 years and we are trying to keep up with this on a limited budget. Although there may be a drop in population, crime has significantly increased and the amount of calls we get every year increases. Violent crimes are becoming very common as well as burglary calls, thefts, and drug usage. Crack cocaine, prescription pills, heroin, bath salts and more drugs are known to be in the town.
We frequently deal with individuals under the influence of one of these drugs and deal with people under the influence of alcohol almost daily. Domestic Violence Assault has also become a huge issue and it’s not decreasing, but instead, I am seeing an increase.
Maybe some individuals don’t see crime as a huge issue within the town, but maybe that means we are doing a good job at suppressing it from the public’s eyes. We do our best at dealing with incidents so the public does not have to see what goes on. We often go with as little as possible and when people see more than one officer on at a time that is due to grant money that was given to the town. Our budget has not had an increase in the past four years, unlike many other police departments.
The town is not paying for extra patrols during OUI details, click or ticket details, Underage drinking details, ATV details, and more. That money was received through a grant that we have received. Most of our equipment has also been received through grant money as well just so we can stay up-to-date. Our radar in our cruisers, our ATV’s and trailer, the night vision goggles, our laptops and many more items were received through grant money.
We also are trying our best to work with the community and work with our youth to bring them in the right direction. Our explorer program does not cost the tax payers one dollar and all the advisors to that program donate their time and often their own money. We are currently in the works of establishing a neighborhood watch program and all the work on this program has been volunteered time, and will continue to be volunteer time.
I think most people would be surprised on what goes on in “the little Town of Mexico.” We are hoping everyone sees the importance of the police department, and if you have any questions, feel free to call us or contact us on Facebook at any time!
Chief James Theriault