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Norristown Encourages Residents to Reach Out to Local Law Enforcement

The Norristown Police Department has issued an appeal on the municipality's website for residents to become better acquainted with the men and women whose job it is to protect and serve them.

From the Norristown Police Department:

The most important ingredient to effective law enforcement today is communication between the members of the community and the officers hired to serve them.

We encourage you to become acquainted with the officers of our department and to seek their support whenever it is needed. When in doubt about whether to call, please choose to contact us.

Residents can contact the Norristown Police Department at 610-270-0977.

Bhrenda Drakeford January 08, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Hmmmmm.
jxjipper January 08, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Here's how you start this process: First you target every major church and organization as an agent for positive change. Schools, Norristown Teachers Associations,Churches, PAL, Civic Organizations,etc. A police man/woman/representative would visit one of these places whenever they meet (monthly or weekly). Have these teachers, students, parishioners, members, sports team members hear a presentation and then get up in front of each other and one by one sign a pledge to cooperate, be vigilant and commit to make Norristown a safer and more livable community. This includes all the Mexican soccer teams and other organizations. Nobody is looking to send them out of the country. They need to account for their own community of dealers and the gang-bangers. I'm sure there's many reasons why this cannot or will not be done but I believe it is a start. Even the Times Herald and the Patch could have online petitions to sign for those who are in one of the organizations
diggity January 08, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Not going to happen! Sry!! What needs to happen is the police them selves need to gain to communities trust. Simple fact is no one trusts these cops. If u treat someone like crap an demean them do u think there going to help u do ur job??? When I was growing up we knew the cops names they knew r names an parents names. An even when we did do stuff they didn't automatically lock us up they would talk to us or take us home. We weren't doing shit like these kids but there was a repsect that OK u gave us a break we wont give u guys a hard time! An vise versa. These cops try an b turf guys cause they prejudge an have nobpeople
diggity January 08, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Skills! They have no idea how to come at someone or how to get these kids trust and respect!! I mean how many kids u hear say I wanna b a policeman? Y? Because the cops have turned into the bad guys! An these kids have plenty of reason to think that way! Especially young black men.
Miss E January 09, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Yes I agree BUT instead of keeping quiet when you know something TALK you would want answers if it was your family stop going by the NO SNITCH rule and fight for our town all you hear is complaining about how Norristown is getting crazy but people won't open there mouths!!!
diggity January 09, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Every heard of Howard McNeil? He murdered my mother 16 yrs ago! In norristown. An it took those detectives two days to find him!! Y? Because they knew the streets knew the people. An people came forward and told. These guys now have nothing that y they can't stop what's going on!! They rather threaten people for info instead of building relationships in these neighborhoods an get to no the the good from the bad the real from the fake!
diggity January 09, 2013 at 03:40 AM
And parents need to look in mirror an check ur parenting skills. Stop bringing ur kids up to think is cute for ur.son to act like a thug or it OK for ur daughters to act an dress like sluts!! Cause ya end up with kids having kids. Which end up coming from broken homes cause the parents have no clue what to do!! Ya got 40yr old grandmothers an 18 yr old daughters with two an three kids an still wanna bar hop an b in the streets instead of home showing ur kids or grandkids how to b human an not animals!
Miss E January 09, 2013 at 04:05 AM
YES I agree nd sorry to say Norristown PD does need to worry more about solving murders nd more serious shi* then worry about these senseless thugs that should already be in JAIL!!! If they follow the 3 strike rule half of these dumba$$es wouldn't be out here killing people over turfs nd so on I've never seen a more pathetic PD that calls there selves crime stoppers!!!! And they wonder why people don't wanna talk cuz all there gonna say is we'll investigate into it ....BS!!!! I hate this town it is SO not what it used to be
OMG January 09, 2013 at 12:34 PM
As I have been saying before. They are criminal themselves and I wish they would get investigated just like those in the Philadelphia law officials. Crooked is as crooked does and they have personal hatrage against certain ones that they just want in jail instead of getting the real punks they know are out here doing things. They hear the same damn stories we hear out here but don't care cause that's not who they want. Ignorant asses trying to get or scare people into saying its people they know damn well didn't do the crime. They are lazy and don't give a damn about these black youths killing each other. I AM TALKING ABOUT THE DETECTIVES NOT THE POLICE. I commend the police everyday that take risk out there in this world doing what they do. There are good cops in town I'm not going to sit here and bash them all. They (the detectives) think this is funny and fuc with people's lives and families with their ignorance and no they don't have the trust of the people because everyone has experienced some type of corruption with them whether it was for themselves or someone else.
delena williams January 09, 2013 at 03:39 PM
I was personally on the jury years ago regarding Norristown and its office. Norristown is corrupt. I saw and heard the things that went down. I spoke to builders personally and most of them don't want to build in Norristown because of its corrupt reputation. Norristown needs to clean up its reputation from the top down.
Elliot Peters January 09, 2013 at 03:43 PM
A lot of anger towards police and detectives. You would not have the hostility if you never have to deal with them or hear sob stories from your piece of shit friends about how they are treated by these terrible people. Police officers do not bother normal citizens who follow the law and don't get into trouble. Any emergency service division, either volunteer or paid, does it because they feel the need to help people. While there are some officers who take it as a power trip, you never have to cross paths with them if you lead a good life and stay out of trouble. The police are a breed of people to be able to deal with shitty people and shitty situations who may become desensitized to the few "good people" that end up at a murder scene or a drug deal.
OMG January 09, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Elliot, you are caucasion I take it because if you were one of the many black people then you would have, like I said, experienced this WHETHER IT WAS FOR YOURSELF OR SOMEONE YOU KNEW and guess what they have not been in any trouble. You don't have to be the one in the trouble for this to happen. If you know the person personally, you are a target. There are attorney's that don't even want to be bothered with the system here because they are so corrupt. They all work together from the police to the D.A. to the attorney's.
Spud January 09, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Amen Elliot! Nail on the head right there.
delena williams January 09, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Elliot, I disagree. You should know your law enforcement team. In fact they have a meet N greet going on soon, they want people to know them. Our problem is that no one is talking, our policemen are begging for information and we are not giving it up and i am sure it for various reasons. So sad.
John Q. Public January 09, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Dry up the flow of tax-payer provided benefits, and crime will dry up. Our section8 and welfare payments support the girl friends the thugs live with. Eliminate that funding, and the crime will follow.
OMG January 09, 2013 at 08:22 PM
@John Public, you crack me up with your comments but guess what, you are right too about some of them. The police on the force are fairly newer ones and just a few that are old schoolers who have actually chilled out with the way they handle things now and days. Some of the new rookies want to show off by acting like a few who do tend to do corrupt work but some of them are good people and actually like to talk to you. The one female rookie, not sure of her name, always see's me, she is always smiling and alway's speak to me as if she knows me and I speak and smile right back at her because she has done nothing to me fr me to not like her. I talk to cops its no problem talking to them but you can't tell them what you don't know. People don't see things they hear it and who knows if what they heard is true. People just want something to talk about. So, when you just start spreading the rumor of what you heard it goes from one person to the next with a twist while its being spread. Norristown is small so its not hard to hear something
OMG January 09, 2013 at 08:24 PM
They are not begging for information, they are trying to force people to say its this person or that person when they know its not.
Sally19401 January 09, 2013 at 09:00 PM
There are good cops and bad copys everywhere, including here in Norristown. It will be challenging for them to have several leaders over the next year as Council failed to appropriately start a search for a Police Chief in time. They are just working out the search process and Chief Bono retires the end of February. Council has made no effort to advise the community of their choice for an Interim Chief. Presumably, Willie Richet will take over after he retires for a day based on all of the local media speculation. He has worked at PAL for several years now. Not exactly the best qualification for even an Interim Chief. How much money will this cost Norristown? All concerned citizens should try and get out for any meetings Bill Caldwell holds regarding what the community is looking for in a Police Chief. I hope James will be able to help spread the word. I do have a word of caution for all - in an Equal Opportunity Search - race is not a criteria. Let's make sure the conversation is about real criteria such as a good plan for reducing youth violence in the Community as well as at least 10 years of police experience, with several years in a supervisor role. Also - why not state Master's preferred. I also believe the candidates should also be able to deal with a diverse population such as the one we have here in town.
jxjipper January 10, 2013 at 01:13 AM
What is so hard about a criteria? The criteria is QUALIFIED. Not black qualified, not Spanish speaking qualified, not keep-the-council members happy qualified, not keep-the- Irish happy qualified and not keep-the Italians-happy qualified. We need "kick-ass serious tired of this shit qualified" and let the chips fall where they belong.
Elliot Peters January 10, 2013 at 02:41 AM
OMG, why couldn't I be another race? Because I believe in the people serving our community then that makes me caucasian? I am a highly educated resident(who is white if that makes it easier for you) who has multiple friends in trouble with the law. Some people chose a pathetic lifestyle and have since exited my life. Other friends were stupid and now have to rebuild. Both white and black. But I don't blame the police because they had to pay for what they did. Or the system or the lawyers. I blame them because of their stupidity. The friends who changed put their energy towards becomming normal again. The police have to look at the bottom line and people that are repeat offenders. If someone has their pants hanging off their ass looking around like they did something wrong, well then they fit the common profile of a thug. Not to say that they were doing anything wrong, but the commonality with that look and crime are enough to at least investigate the area.
OMG January 10, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Elliott I hope I didn't offend you in any way because that's not what I wanted to do. Some of them wasn't offenders at all. How about some of the law enforcement officials just have personal hate against certain people, stereotyping is not good. Just because they like the style does not mean they are a thug and does not mean they or the area they are in needs to be investigated. I've seen it with my own eyes but guess what if they didn't speak up then I can't. I am all for the law when the law is being followed correctly not corruptly.

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