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Friday, August 21, 2009

Reil Discusses State Police With Commissioner Pawlowski

Mayor talks with top officer about State Police presence

Frustrated with a perceived overbearing state police presence in the area, the mayor of Bradford has taken the problem to Pennsylvania’s top officer.

Bradford Mayor Tom Riel said he had an amicable conversion Thursday with Col. Frank Pawlowski, commissioner of the state police, about what he believes is an overstepping of boundaries in the city.

“I wouldn’t say that I’m satisfied,” he noted. “I’ll be satisfied when it stops.” More...

19 comments :

Anonymous said...

You can't enforce the law by breaking the law. Profiling is illegal, fabricating reasons for traffic stops, is illegal, entrapment (tailgating in hopes that someone will break the law based on your actions) is illegal. Sounds pretty simple to me.

Anonymous said...

Its a good thing they are around for assistance to serve and protect, but you gotta see the picture here the state troopers are top of the food change when it comes to law enforcements, atleast they think they are. If they are not out doing their job with the ammount of wasteful effort they use, why would we even need them around? They think local authorities are too laxed when it comes to crime and punishment. All the local authorities do is use their prescense and get to know the local people. Not just to drive around and look or make trouble for the local people. I am not saying that the state police are out looking to make trouble for anyone, but its funny how they are always around when you dont need them, instead of being around when you do need them.

Anonymous said...

They all do it anyway just hoping nobody fights it.

Anonymous said...

I think NWA said it best in their rap song. &^%$ tha police.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Mayor:
Sounds like a turf battle to me... Since you are responsible for the 1/2 million dollar police force, maybe you just don't like the state police making (and getting credit for) the arrests. Law abiding folks don't have to worry, never have-there have been very, very few false arrests in these parts, ever. Conservatives, BAND TOGETHER!

Anonymous said...

So let's see, if your not breaking the law, then there is nothing to worry about. If Bradford police get to busy to handle all of the "drama" that happens in their city and need state police presence then you people would still bitch. So, to much presence versus non at all, go figure. While I'm at it, what about the fancy 2 wheeled vehicle that the Bradford police department had to have and never use. Now there is a real complaint.

Mad Mike said...

Finally, someone steps up. Good job Mayor Riel. Poster at 12:14, everyone who speaks out about overbearing police presence is bad right? I've been pulled over, not arrested mind you, but pulled over for no reason. Simply because it was past 2:00AM and I was potential revenue for the state. My so-called "swerve" towards the white line wasn't so serious once the trooper found out I was sober. My friend's daughter took her parents home from the bar a few weeks ago and a trooper pulled out after her, and was so close to her bumper that she couldn't see the trooper's headlights. She was the designated driver, had done NOTHING wrong, but pulled out of the local bar's parking lot. You're probably the type of person that thinks drinking is bad and they shouldn't have been there in the first place, correct? Who would have protected her? What would've happened if a deer would have jumped out in front of her? Anyone read the case in California where the police were doing the same thing to a young girl and then tried to frame her when they plowed into the back of her car? There is a need for reform in the State Police and their practices. There is no one protecting your rights...even you ordinary, average, and law-abiding citizens. Even if you're alright with the present Gestapo...it should be apparent that some of us feel there should be a valid reason to be pulled over, harrassed, or detained. We should not have to sacrifice our personal freedoms for the state's financial problems. I say Mayor Riel is on to something by putting pressure at the top and those who are driving these patrolmen to generate revenue. Last but not least, Mayor Riel stated that he was not complaining about the State Police enforcing the law but was tired of the ongoing harassment of the public he was was elected to represent. Me too Mr. Riel, me too!

Anonymous said...

2:13 Very well said! What were they doing in a bar parking lot anyway? STALKING? hmmmm....is THAT legal?

Anonymous said...

The real issue has not been fully understood. First off the MAyor didn't get anywhere with his complaint. Look at the picture here, the State had sent a person up to wine and dine the Mayor, tell him things he wanted to hear. They really never accomplished anything. It sure does puzle me when it comes to fines. Local law-enforcement writes the same citations as the state but only get half the fines...mmm...Now lets talk Criminal Charges. The local police charge for criminal charges as the state does, but the money is not filtered back to the local police. I do have to say, That the last person was right and the state needs a boot in the rump to get them back into line. It seems that if one of the local police do something they are left out to hang. Where's the fare-ness. Sorry Mr. MAyor but you didn't accomplish anything except get your name in the paper.

Anonymous said...

Remember every dollar generated through traffic fines is a dollar
that the taxpayer doesn't have to pay, It is called generating revenue for the commonwealth, It makes our law makers look good when they don not have to raise taxes. Watch the History Channel sometime when the talk about police cars. They stated that Police interceptor vehicle were built to get " Law Enforcement into the lucrative Business" of traffic enforcement and the date was in 1957 or 1958 interesting!!

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of cry babies. The big bad boogy man is out to get me. Get real & grow up. I’m glad the state is stopping drunk drivers. It sounds to me like a bunch of people are mad because the police are ruining their party nights on the town. The law is the law. Obey it or be arrested if you get caught. It is that simple. Watching a bar parking lot is legal. Entrapment means you coerce/force someone to do something they wouldn’t on their own. If the drunks know the police watch bar parking lots and DON’T drive away the police have done their job without arresting anyone. Crime PREVENTION is also a large part of police work.

Mr Realistic said...

"Remember every dollar generated through traffic fines is a dollar
that the taxpayer doesn't have to pay"

You also remember that it is the taxpauer that is paying for that police car and officer to be out there also. If you figure it out proportionally at $30,000 for the car and $50,000 for the officers salary, it costs the taxpayers $219 per day. This is just for one car and trooper. Grantd, I may have the salary for the trooper wrong, but it still doesn't balance out financially, and the more troopers that retire only costs the state more in pensions;.

Anonymous said...

Mr Realistic:
I am sure when you figure out the cost of a trooper's salary (about $75,000), benefits, equipment, training, facilities etc. it would cost closer to $250,000/year or more.

Michael said...

I grew up in PC and now live in a major US city that employs a police force of over 10,000 officers. I never feel like I'm being harassed here. Police aren't out trying to catch you doing something wrong. They patrol and react when crimes are committed. The biggest thing I hate about visiting PC is I always feel harrassed by the police. This scenario has happened to me at least a dozen times. I drive through town on my way to visit a friend and when I drive by a parked police car they always pull out and follow me very closely. They stay behind me all the way to my destination and then make a u-turn and head back to town. I am not committing a crime but it is very unnerving and feels harrassing knowing they are specifically following you waiting for your tire to touch the yellow line so they can pull you over for careless driving or some other ridiculous charge. I know I am a target simply because I have out-of-state plates. It just shouldn't be this way. I would rather live in an area that has more crime so the police have something to do besides chase around the citizens trying to catch them doing something.

Anonymous said...

Michael;

You must be giving the police a reason to follow you. Maybe if not, you ought to talk to a councilor or something because you must be feelin guilty about something and think someone is always following you.


mmmmm....What do you think?

Anonymous said...

The state sells the booze for a profit.Then they bust you for it and make some more money!Best bet is to take it home and drink it!

Anonymous said...

8:06:00 the point is not that they are arresting drunk drivers. The point is they are trapping you into doing somthing wrong which....is illegal. If you can't have a police force that can obey the law,then why should we. That is the slope we are headed down. If you would have actually read the article and the other comments you would see that. People are getting wrecklesss driving tickets to justify the State polices basis to pull people over. I am not paying for a ticket when i did nothing wrong....so why don't you pay it for me since you think this is such a great idea. and since your not in bradford for McKean County so once again you have no idea what your talking about or to what affect you are...just be quite.

Michael said...

6:19. I must be giving the police a reason to follow me? Did you only read my comment? The entire purpose of the article and the meeting was that people are being followed for no reason. The only reason for the police to pull out and follow me is if they saw me do something illegal and if so why have they never pulled me over?

Anonymous said...

i swear some folks will eat anything as long as it served to them!