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June 30, 2014

More police on the street is a good plan

We're not sure why Cahokia Mayor Gary Cornwell waited until nine months before his term ends to restructure the Police Department. Maybe it's political as some of his opponents allege.

But frankly, what he and the Village Board did makes sense regardless of the timing or motivation.

Cornwell, who broke a 3-3 tie vote, said downsizing top management does not violate the terms of the police contract and will result in more officers on the street. Every community should be trying to achieve that outcome.

Trustee Phyllis Pearson, who voted "no," said of the department, "It wasn't broke, so why try to fix it?" She misses the point.

Cahokia, like so many area towns, has plenty of crime challenges. A 45-year-old mother of two was just shot and killed during a home invasion in Cahokia. But this change isn't a criticism of the department, it's about finding a way to make it more effective.

A more visible police presence is always an effective way to fight crime.

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