There will be some who will say that the Santa Fe Police Department, Municipal Court and their employees lost another election. I respectfully disagree; the community lost.
Lost another opportunity to move forward into the 21st century, to grow with their population and school district.
Lost an opportunity to have a modern public safety building, one that they could call their own. A facility to host youth and child safety programs for their children.
Lost a facility to host public awareness programs such as hurricane preparedness workshops, the citizen’s police academy, crime prevention programs; not only a place to improve community and law enforcement relations, but to also increase community involvement.
Lost an opportunity to be proud to point out their new public safety building to friends, family and visitors with the confidence of knowing that their police department would be much more effective in serving the needs of the public. ….much more effective in meeting the high expectations held by today’s society regarding law enforcement.
Lost an opportunity to have a real municipal court with the ability to facilitate the community’s needs, both professionally and comfortably; a facility that would have not only served the needs of the court, but would have doubled as a training room to facilitate required state training for our police officers. This one addition would have not only allowed Santa Fe to host training for its own officers, reducing our training budget, but could have generated revenue to our city by officers attending training from neighboring agencies and communities.
Lost an opportunity to improve the working environment of good men and women who have chosen a very difficult career, and taken an oath to protect and serve their community regardless of the threat.
The Santa Fe Police Department and Municipal Court is committed to our community. We will not waiver in our duties or service. We will continue to operate twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and perform to the best of our abilities. I just trust that the community fully understands that our abilities in our current facility are limited, and when the citizens hear someone speaking of this issue, they can tell them who really lost.
I want to thank the fine citizens in our community, who came out in support of proposition one, your support is greatly appreciated. A special thanks to Don Carroll for steeping up and taking lead of the political action committee. Don your dedication and efforts are admirable.
Chief Kenneth Campbell