DITCH THE TANK, EMBRACE THE CITIZENS
WHY DOES CLOVIS PD NEED THIS TANK?
This beast of anti-riot vehicle is impressive on TV and even more impressive on when you see it in person. Why does the City of Clovis, with a population under 100,000, a city that prides itself as the number 1 ranked place to raise a family with great public schools and people need such a beast? Where did they get it from? How much did it cost tax payers? How many of these do they have and under what circumstances will they be put to use?
As data suggests Clovis is a pretty safe city. Violent crime rates are below the national average and unemployment rate in Clovis is the lowest in California Central Valley 6.4 percent compares to Fresno County at 8.7 percent. Clovis police do a great job keeping the peace and there is no reason to believe circumstances would change so dramatically to need such an equipment.
Instead of investing in the intimidating tank, Clovis PD should invest more in police-community outreach efforts that would enhance the relationship between police and public. Such efforts can be achieved by organizing neighborhood events where officers can come, meet residents and build relationships that would stem riots or suspicion in case of an incident.
The City of Clovis and Clovis PD should stop being paranoid and avoid militarization of police.