Oliver is the right man in the right job 


Oliver is the right man in the right job
Police Chief Jerry A. Oliver seems to be getting a lot of flack from overspending the police department's budget News & Features, Aug. 22. He has admitted to methodically overspending the money to help meet the mandate of reducing crime by 30 percent. He has worked ferociously to design and promote programs that have helped reduce crime in the city. In fact, crime has been reduced by 40 percent in the city of Richmond and the quality of life for citizens is much improved. We should be very happy with these low statistics, but now is not the time to stop the velocity management concept.

There are many factors that led to the city's crime reduction. First, Oliver overhauled the police department's infrastructure. We now have the right person in the right job at the right time. We are hiring, promoting, rewarding and transferring top-notch personnel. Our paradigm for doing business is allowing us to compete for grants and other federal dollars. Basic law enforcement essentials such as computers, ongoing training, specialized schools, cars and weapons help us do our jobs with excellence.

It is apparent to me that the city's leaders are shifting from law enforcement and concentrating more on downtown development, infrastructure, education and transportation. Of course, they are all important, but in the end, well-prepared law enforcement officers are needed. It is the only defense against thugs, murderers, robbers, drug dealers, burglars, panhandlers and rapists.

Finally, the city's crime reduction was successful only through proven leadership. It's obvious Police Chief Jerry A. Oliver is a person of courage, commitment, candor and competence. As a voter, taxpayer, military officer, athlete and homeowner in Richmond, I think that all city taxpayers should rally for Jerry A. Oliver, his visions, and the Richmond Police Department.

Thad A. Jones

In "Audience Matters" Arts & Culture, Aug. 29, we reported that TheatreVirginia's budget, at $2 million, "is the biggest by far of all the theaters in town." The locally based company Theatre IV has an operating budget that approaches $5 million. However, most of this budget supports the company's nationwide touring productions and mainstage shows geared for children. Since the article was focusing on companies that produce locally appearing shows for adults, Theatre IV was not mentioned. Style regrets any confusion that may have resulted from this

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