North Las Vegas has a new police chief. Joe Chronister has served as acting chief since June, but now it's official: he's in charge. The new police talks about his 300 officers, community issues in North Las Vegas, and what his big concerns are. Do you have questions for the new police chief?
Joe Chronister, Police Chief, North Las Vegas
It is well known that red light cameras generate revenue but do not increase safety. Indeed, not only areyellow light duration shortened (decreasing safety - longer yellow lights are correlated with fewer accidents) so more tickets are issues, but red light cameras cause a huge increase in rear-end collisions as people slam on their brakes to avoid going through a yellow/red light.
And then there are the police state issues. To hear the police chief enthusiastically lobby for something that is so obviously unconstitutional is very disturbing, to say the least.Tom H. –Feb 14, 2011 18:33:01 PM
Quotas? Does NLVPD use statistics to evaluate police officer effectiveness? i.e. if officer B makes 30% fewer contacts, arrests, etc than officer A, is he looked at less favorably than officer A>Tom Mann –Feb 9, 2011 09:40:05 AM
The Police State Cometh! While I appreciate the Chief's cheery optimism, Freedoms is lost as we surrender them one step at at time. We now have facial recognition software, and it is only a matter of time before our movements are complety trackable. If we are wanting to raise money, why not have cameras in every home! Think of the money that will be raised for the Trauma Center!!!Will Carter –Feb 9, 2011 09:26:28 AM
The reality is, it will never happen in Nevada. But I wish they would allow red light cameras. The idea that it's okay to break the law as long as you don't get caught is ridiculous. Meanwhile we continue to see terrible crashes and our insurance rates climb.Furr –Feb 9, 2011 09:24:23 AM
If you need money so badly, why not lobby the legislature for more funding instead of asking to spend more money installing red light cameras?Jim in Henderson –Feb 9, 2011 09:23:28 AM
I am for the red light cameras. Our intersections are dangerous and they will greatly improve safety.Jen –Feb 9, 2011 09:22:01 AM