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Opening Arguments

Time out for night out

Boy, this would have been a good night for some smart burglars to make a real haul:

An estimated 3,000 people converged at Brownsburg Town Hall Tuesday for the community's Night Out Against Crime.

Police Chief Steve Carroll said attendance was three times greater than any previous Night Out Against Crime event in Brownsburg. The town has ramped up its celebration in recent years, turning the evening into a festival-like atmosphere with activities for the entire family.

National Night Out is like the DARE program -- the intentions are good, and we really, really want it to work, so we say nice things about it. But problems like crime and drugs need more than symbolic, feel-good efforts.


Bob G.
Thu, 08/07/2008 - 8:20am

Yeah, Leo...none of that "warm & fuzzy"rhetoric for us SOUTHSIDERS, eh?
(come to think of it, we don't have anything to speak of to deter crime down here)

And we all know the C.O.P. program on the south side has fallen on it's keister, right?


(deterrent to crime-at-large)

Harl Delos
Thu, 08/07/2008 - 9:47am

The Iron Law of Bureaucracy:
In any bureaucratic organization there are two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representative who work to protect any teacher including the most incompetent.

In all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions.

A good example of the Iron Law is the FBI. Early on, J. Edgar Hoover realized that in order to get the funding to build the organization he wanted, they had to have good public relations, so they trained their agents to go into a situation, set up a command post, and call a press conference.

It would be unfair to say that it worked so well that they stopped with that. They did, after all, start to collect all kinds of intelligence on politicians that they could use to twist arms.

But you won't find many local cops who've worked with the FBI who think the FBI does anything that actually helps solve a case.

Larry Morris
Thu, 08/07/2008 - 10:11am

You guys are always talking about crime in Ft. Wayne, particularly on the south side, and I remember some of it. I'm always talking about how nice it is to live in a rural setting outside a small town - well, crap happens all over - this is the kind of stuff you can't make up. This came across my email this morning from the Sheriff

Bob G.
Thu, 08/07/2008 - 10:50am

Musta been some guy from Ft. Wayne passing through Wimberly that did that...sure sounds like it, Larry.