Mark Begich on Crime
Democratic Jr Senator
The $435 million budget is almost $5 million less than originally proposed last year, but it’s still an increase to last year’s budget. $5 million in a $435 million dollar budget accounts for about 1%. While it’s a significant amount of money, it’s not a significant variation across the scope of the budget.
As the city grows, some say the police force needs to do the same. Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich said, “The taxpayers in this community are willing to pay for those type of services if they get results, and I think that’s what we’re delivering too.” Begich is delivering a 2009 city budget with 13 more police officers, adding to the city’s long-term goal of 93.
Throughout all the changes & adjustments made to the budget, for the past year Begich has repeatedly called for new public safety proposals
He founded the Making a Difference Program, which seeks to set straight first-time juvenile offenders; 90% of the youth who go through the program do not re-offend.
Stricter Penalties for Multiple Traffic Violations: Begich will urge the legislature to look at a “three strikes” type law for drivers with long histories of multiple traffic violations to face felonies.
Coordinating Zoning and Crime Trends: coordinate a list of “trouble spots” where criminal activity may occur.
Better Coordination Between Law Enforcement, Prevention & Intervention programs.
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