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April 24, 2011

Police Presence?

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , , — Bill @ 7:19 am

It was such a beautiful day Saturday that on our way home from the Save McEuen Field from Sandi rally, we stopped at City Park. The nearby parking lots were full or nearly so, the basketball courts were full, there were people walking and biking and also sunning on the beach. And Boopsie’s Bunker, the $55,000 public safety building purchased with your dollars to create a “police presence” for increased public safety on a day like this was … 

6 Comments

  1. I love how it enhances and brings out the detail in our museum. NOT!

    Comment by concerned citizen — April 24, 2011 @ 7:57 am

  2. concerned citizen,

    Though it’s a little difficult to clearly identify in the photo above, the City has thoughtfully installed a telephone so when when B’sB is closed as it was yesterday, someone urgently needing a “public safety presence” can run to the phone and make a phone call to request it.

    Thus, what we have is a $55,000 telephone pole cleverly disguised as a prefabricated concrete empty and locked building.

    Comment by Bill — April 24, 2011 @ 8:22 am

  3. Yes, it’s “underutilized.” In the summer, however, the COPS volunteers use it.

    Comment by Dan — April 24, 2011 @ 8:56 am

  4. COPS volunteers aren’t cops or EMTs or firefighters. Thus, calling B’s B a public safety building is somewhat like calling a fire hydrant a fire house. A public safety presence depends on the presence of qualified and certified public safety officers. Unoccupied as it usually is, B’s B is evidence of a public safety absence, not a public safety presence.

    Comment by Bill — April 24, 2011 @ 9:22 am

  5. C’mon, you’d have to admit that the mere presence of this authoritative splendor, occupied or not, strikes fear into criminals and rabble rousers alike. And who knows, they could be inside there, undercover, a cloak of secrecy so that they might capture that wanton litterer, or perhaps even a boldly breast feeding mother. They likely have cameras running 24/7, neatly tucked inside, whirring away, seeking to espy some unruly midnight smooching or saving the city from a rabid squirrel. Furthermore, this is our 1st line of defense in case some long slumbering jurassic beast might crawl out of the depths of lake Coeur d’Alene belching fire and endangering the boat ramp. Lastly it is a true spectacle of architecture, a wondrously understated rectangular bungalow that is undoubtedly envied by the visitors from Spokane. They want one too!!

    Comment by Wallypog — April 25, 2011 @ 5:59 am

  6. Wallypog,

    That was awesome. Even tho I did not know to laugh because your writing was so funny, or to cry because it IS true and right on the money. I’ve never claimed to be the brightest bulb in the pack but I think those at city hall dont even have enough sense to turn the power on to light their bulbs.

    Have a great day.

    Comment by concerned citizen — April 25, 2011 @ 6:55 am

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