June 24, 2005


Allow me to be a cranky for a moment.

Moline experienced a power outage yesterday which affected thousands of homes. This of course meant that many traffic lights were not operating. The story today on Quad Cities Online reports that there weren't too many problems because of signals not working, and includes this quote from Moline cop, Greg Crouch.
The Moline Police Department did not have officers man the intersections. Sgt. Greg Crouch said there are hundreds of intersections within the city. "We can't man all of them," he said.
Hey, there's some great reasoning, eh? I'm not saying that they should have necessarily been manning intersections, but that is one stupid excuse.

Needless to say, no one would expect them to direct traffic at every single intersection in the city, (and of course, the power was out in only one portion of town, but why quibble), but it surely wouldn't be impossible to man maybe a few of the busiest.

I'm not the only one that has noted that Moline appears to be crawling with cops. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting one it seems. But I suppose responding to something like this might cut into their valuable on-the-clock "conference" time while parked in various hiding spots across the city. (And they have some good ones. Feel free to report some you've noticed in comments.)

One can imagine if a resident reported that an entire neighborhood was being burglarized but no cops responded, Crouch would say, "Hey, there are thousands of houses within the city, we can't respond to all of them."


At 6/24/2005 9:57 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Thought I'd kick off the cop hiding places list with a couple off the top of my head.

One is below the I-74 bridge off river drive. Another particularly ingenious one is in the lot of a dental clinic just west of Wilson Jr. High. There is a line of high fir trees and they're completely hidden when they pull back in there. I've also seen a "conference" going on near the sharp corner near the old Case/IH plant near the river.
It's not just donut joints anymore.

At 6/24/2005 10:40 AM, Blogger diehard said...

I think the problem is not that we dont have enough police. I think we have too many.
And some of them think that wearing a uniform entitles them to have their ass kissed by evryone else!
Look at Steve Etheridge this slime bag should have been fired a long time ago. And he certainly has no buisness writing editorals in the paper acting holier than thou.

At 6/24/2005 8:39 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Yeah I got caught on the "avenue of the cities" yesterday and all I could think of was - Dam - our new Moline Mayor is a big shot for Mid-American Energy and this is what we get? Brown outs in Moline. The Iowa side of the River was all powered up and in Moline we were in the dark in the old neighborhoods for hours.

So if having him as mayor is an advantage to us I just don't see it. He seems inept at the whole thing - both his job and his elected office.

Dope, you were right a few weeks ago that the older neighborhoods would suffer with this buffoon that got elected by some miracle.

At 6/25/2005 7:40 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

But doesn't anyone else think that was a pretty dumb excuse from our cops?

At 6/25/2005 9:18 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dope you are right. However, if the new Mayor had a clue and gave a darn about the older parts of his town, maybe something would have been done.

I don't think that clueless Mayor gets west of City Hall that often. Plus he lives darn near into East Moline where all the new infrastructure is and they don't have issues of stuff wearing out over there.

Crouch would have had some explaining to do if we'd elected the right Man for Mayor Dopester!!!


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