Ted Siefer's City Hall: Gatsas challenger adds issue of crime to campaign debate
Alderman and mayoral candidate Patrick Arnold made crime one of the focal points of the campaign speech he delivered at City Hall last week. In a preview of the speech, he referred to the city's "skyrocketing violent crime." Arnold has been plenty critical of the state of the schools and economic development, but crime is a fairly new plank that he's used to hammer Mayor Ted Gatsas.
It's notable that Arnold's source is the FBI and not the Manchester Police Department's recently released 2012 annual report. In the section on crime statistics, the MPD report shows that violent crime held steady from the previous year, while property crime declined 8.6 percent.
Police spokeswoman Lt. Maureen Tessier said the difference stems from the fact that the MPD uses the National Incident-Based Reporting System, or NIBRS. State police convert that data using the UCR system, and then forward it to the FBI, she said.
"I thought it was a good program," he said.
"I still keep in touch with the students and my instructor. It helped me learn the building trades," he said.
But, he said, "there were a lot people who fought to bring it here. Now we might as well put it to the best use. It will definitely help kids who didn't get a good high school education and help them get into the job field."
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