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Sheriff to announce safety initiative

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:32 PM
Last updated 6:26 PM
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Sheriff Richard Roundtree will release Thursday morning details of his vision for a safer downtown Augusta downtown.

The public is invited to attend the news conference where Roundtree is expected to introduce a safety initiative that will be deployed first in the downtown business district. Based on its success, future manpower and funding, the initiative could be used in other parts of the county – to include, but not be limited to – the Cabela’s and Shops on Riverwalk projects and the possible GRU mills projects, a news release stated.

“This is an exciting time for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and all citizens of the CSRA,” the release said.

Roundtree will be discussing the plan at 10 a.m. at the Augusta Common on the 800 block of Broad Street.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/15/14 - 03:46 pm
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Proactive Sheriff's Administration

This is the most proactive Sheriff’s administration we’ve had in decades. Their communications, community relations and actual strict law enforcement come across in a way that makes us all feel safe.

triscuit
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triscuit 04/15/14 - 04:04 pm
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Already policing the Mills

Already policing the Mills Project...that would be the one with no current owner/tenant signed on and no Splost money approved for it. While S. Augusta and other areas are crime-ridden....nice, very nice.

unapologetik
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unapologetik 04/15/14 - 05:42 pm
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I'm with you triscuit. The

I'm with you triscuit. The only police presence we seem to get in South Augusta is traffic enforcement. I know somone in the meadowbrook area that reported a burglary in process and the police showed up 30 minutes later.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/16/14 - 12:33 am
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Why would it be needed in the

Why would it be needed in the CBD, when Countyman has assured us repeatedly that it's safe?

csraguy
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csraguy 04/16/14 - 12:58 am
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Fabrication

Unapologetik, your assertion is absolutely absurd. Give us a time, date, case number or ANYTHING with truth to it because if a "call in progress" such as a burglary actually took 30 minutes to respond to it should be front page news - Most "in progress" calls take 7 minutes or less and rarely over 10 minutes even in the most remote parts of the county. As for law enforcement services in South Augusta, they have greatly increased under this administration, crime has in fact decreased in most areas to include burglaries and violent crimes. And, as for traffic enforcement, it has been proven time and time again to help reduce crimes in various areas through increased visibility not to mention the apprehension of suspects who just committed a crime due to additional police in the area. Traffic stops also yield drug dealers, stolen vehicles, wanted felons, etc. all of which help to reduce crime in an area.

Butterman
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Butterman 04/16/14 - 09:25 am
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Love-Ins
Unpublished

I'm sure if Helen is elected mayor she can hold some Love-Ins and all the crime will miraculously disappear.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/16/14 - 10:11 am
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Butterman, it can't be any

Butterman, it can't be any worse than Deke's Prayer Breakfasts to reduce crime.

rebellious
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rebellious 04/16/14 - 10:49 am
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This article

contains most of the usual buzzwords from the 90's. Vision, Initiative, exciting, etc.... Puleeze, isn't this the primary job of the RCSO, to enforce laws and maintain a safe city? Just do the job without the fanfare!

And we see the table being set for the General Funds request with this statement "Based on its success, future manpower and funding, the initiative could be used in other parts of the county ".

Pardon my cynicism, but I tire of fluff and fancy packaging and prefer effective policy and procedure as well as proper utilization of manpower and equipment we have.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 04/16/14 - 11:42 am
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reb is right!

He is just doing what he was elected to do! Stand by for the budget request. As I've said he has been on a spending holiday on us for too long! Stop!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/16/14 - 02:52 pm
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Misplaced Priorities

From the story:

Based on its success, future manpower and funding, the initiative could be used in other parts of the county – to include, but not be limited to – the Cabela’s and Shops on Riverwalk projects and the possible GRU mills projects, a news release stated.

So the sheriff's office says the first place the initiative will be implanted will be the Central Business District. Then they list a possible follow-up place of the Shops on Riverwalk. Excuse me, but wouldn't the Riverwalk be considered to be in the Central Business District? What's going on here.

Then the sheriff's spokesman says a follow-up location to receive this special police initiative will be the Cabela's. Excuse me, but how much crime has occurred at Cabela's? It makes the sheriff look good, though. He can station a couple of deputies out at Cabela's. Then, when no crime occurs there, he can tout the success of his initiative. Total craziness.

And I'm with triscuit about the Mills District. It's not a high crime area.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/16/14 - 06:40 pm
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I think the Cabels's thing is

I think the Cabels's thing is just to ensure that area doesn't start getting Augusta Mall type issues, which would be death to businesses depending on regional support.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 04/16/14 - 09:55 pm
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The mall built all the open

The mall built all the open areas outside just to stop the sort of problems the enclosed areas have. Why do you think Target Center is so popular. No enclosed areas for side by side walking and hanging out.

The Mick
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The Mick 04/16/14 - 10:03 pm
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We'll at least Austin Rhodes

We'll at least Austin Rhodes can attend this and really hammer the Sheriff! Go Austin, show us how tough you are. This is what you've been waiting for!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/16/14 - 10:08 pm
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JRC

I was speaking of car break-ins, theft, etc.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 04/17/14 - 12:00 am
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When I look at that crime map

When I look at that crime map I cannot say that I see much reduction in break-ins, etc on the southside.......but speed cops, my gosh we've got speed cops skulking everywhere.

So the good news is that it is probably safer now to drive on the southside. The bad news is that when you get back home there might not be anything of value left in your house.

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