Today Weis would not say how many officers would be staffing the event. "Folks will feel very safe because they're going to see a police officer on almost every block, and in some instances 20 feet, so we're going to have a very hard presence in terms of letting people know we have a lot of officers in place," Weis said.My first instinct upon reading the article was to recoil. A police officer on almost every block? Yikes! I didn't feel safe reading that. The presumption that "more cops makes people feel safe" used to seem very strange to me. After all, the primary purpose of a police officer in Bozeman, MT is to issue traffic tickets around the MSU campus.
When I saw a police car in Bozeman, it didn't make me feel safe, but in Chicago, I understand how more police can enhance the safety of an event. Maybe a cop every 20 feet is overkill, but police in Chicago generally make me feel safer.
On the other hand, maybe the abundance of cops is a signal that I should be concerned for my own safety. Honestly, I don't know what to think. In either case, I don't think that more police always means that ordinary people feel safer. That brings me to the the question of the week: When you see a police officer, do you feel safer?
A simple Yes or No answer is great, but if you have comments on the issue please share in the box below. The poll is on the sidebar, so please vote early and often. Tell your friends and local police officers to vote. That is, if you're not too scared to talk to them. The poll is open for a week. I'm interested in hearing what you have to say.