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The Right (Non)Move

October 19, 2011
Wetzel Chronicle

Sometimes doing nothing is the right thing to do. That is what we think Hundred Town Council did Monday night when they decided not to shell out $2,000 for a Uniform Crime Reporting program that will also need yearly updates.

Small municipalities with police departments like Hundred simply can't afford such a luxury when they have maybe one to two such reportable crimes each year. It just doesn't make financial sense.

If the federal government wants to require this electronic step, then they need to provide the funding for it or somehow make it available online for-gasp!-free. While we certainly don't understand the ins and outs of the program, surely it can't be that difficult to report a crime.

It's not like Hundred Police Chief Clay Lunceford isn't willing to do the paperwork, he is and he does. He just doesn't have the expensive tool to do it in a paperless fashion.

Hundred shouldn't be penalized for having a low crime rate.



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