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Chief: Single-Officer Cruisers Working

Friendly City cops to begin new targeted patrols

March 5, 2013

Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said initial statistics gathered since the department switched to single-officer patrol cruisers in January show the strategy has been effective....

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bloomin

Mar-09-13 11:09 PM

Alpha-please put your cocktail down before you comment, it will be easier to spell the words correctly.

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Alphacentaur

Mar-09-13 9:51 PM

Once again, bloomin idiot shows some ignorance. When police are hired as security, the sole purpose is to quell any fights or disturbances snd provide the appearance of a secure location. They are not there to check ids, that is the Bar's responsibility.

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walksabout

Mar-07-13 2:18 AM

so Alpha needs a visit from Undrcover Boss, Chef Iwin, Jerry Springer and Maury ?

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bloomin

Mar-07-13 1:03 AM

When leaving Alpha, my friend told the cop that she knew the girl and she was under 18. They did not ask who or even blink. I will not take my business to place that thinks its ok to serve minors-better never serve mine. Anyway, it stinks like sewage and the food has become poor quality. Friends go food poisoning from their tuna. What a shame.

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bloomin

Mar-07-13 12:59 AM

The little actress "detective" was at the Alpha Friday night in uniform. Suppose to work the door, just an excuse to flirt with men. Dont know why the Alpha hires these idiots. Minors go straight to the bar while she flirts. Yet over in Bellaire, they keep harrasing that Tiger Pub guy. Seen them serving minors with 2 cops at door. When I see kids being served, Im not going back. Shame on you Mark and Charlie. Hire a real bouncer that knows how to check ID's

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acousticportal

Mar-06-13 9:07 AM

Criminal prosecution is big business. There is no more privacy.

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acousticportal

Mar-06-13 9:06 AM

There are way too many unfounded arrests going on. It seems as though it's black or white...if they come...you will go to jail. There's no more common sense...just pursuit of convictions...grant grabbing prosecutors always err on the side of "GUILTY"!

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KICKSTAND

Mar-06-13 5:28 AM

what? the dow is at record highs? lol. love it. money, money, money!

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bloomin

Mar-06-13 12:50 AM

Inslider you are absolutely right. Dont know why they were no show, but still a call that was not responded to. Most of us have had jobs that it has been feast or fantom at one time or another. Why are so many articles published in the NR, seems that there is an article about their work every week. I have read another citys newspaper that wrote so much about police doing their job. I can see when there is something out of the ordinary, like a pharmacy robbery or a cop rapist story, or ATF goes nuts and Stonegate is closed, but really....Lets give em a pat on the back and get some news. Why 3 chiefs in past 4 yrs? The truth....

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richardwhee

Mar-05-13 7:17 PM

Let' hope things keep improving. Wheeling has a good police Dept. and deserves a pat on the back once in awhile.

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walksabout

Mar-05-13 6:29 PM

some countries now ticket bicycle riders for texting and talking while riding. they also ticket you if you can't ride the posted speed. You must insure your bike in case you cause a car driver to wreck.

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walksabout

Mar-05-13 6:24 PM

all the credit goes to the officers makingnthe change happen.

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Insiider

Mar-05-13 6:08 PM

I'm sure calls didn't go unchecked because of the lack of transportation, but I'm sure there's more to the story/environment. For example, what if the two-per car unit was dispatched to suspicious person on their beat, while en route, only to get another call of a vehicle accident with injury? The unit responding to the suspicious person would take the accident/injury call and it could very well push them over their shift, causing the suspicious person call to go unanswered.

You must think deeper into it and stop looking at face value of these incidents. They have a tough job, but as far as the bullying aspect, I can agree. Bad habits are probably learned from the older officers.

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bloomin

Mar-05-13 11:33 AM

I just hope that the officers have received good training on waiting for back up in dangerous situations. Other cities are able to operate safely with one officer for car. Most of wheeling officers are good people, but a few evidently missed the training on bullying and two per car has encouraged their bullying behavior.

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bloomin

Mar-05-13 11:29 AM

accoustalportal-yes some calls did. Know of call to police to just ask them to check out an address with suspiciious activity. A friend called about what she thought was drug deals in Grove, another about suspicious people coming and going and hanging around a car that had been repeatedly vandalized. She sat on her porch and watched. No car ever came. An hour later she spoke with dispatch and they said the police was there and did not see anyone. You see a couple guys standing around in alley in neighborhood-out of ordinary-and you know your neighbor is on vacation-inclined to ask police to just check it out. Evidently, in the past they were waiting for a "real call", burgularly in progress, shots fired, etc. Now they can actually check it out. But I agree Aaron that much is increase in traffic stops.

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Aaron03175

Mar-05-13 10:35 AM

I'm pretty sure that "responding to 40 percent more calls" includes self initiated traffic stops. That would explain the large increase. More cops on the road equals more police activity.

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acousticportal

Mar-05-13 8:41 AM

So having the new vehicles has enabled the police to respond to 40% more calls? Did some calls just go unchecked due to lack of transportation? I seriously doubt it.

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