Editorial: Curbing Crime

Combatting crime takes an assault from many.

Montgomery's police department formed two special units - a rapid response team and a beefed up bike police force to patrol neighborhoods and commercial districts. MPD also switched to a four-day, 10 hour per day schedule to double the number of officers between 7pm and 1am.

Successful programs like the Helping Families Initiatives in Mobile have just gotten started in Montgomery, Autauga and Elmore Counties.

The Path to Success program in Montgomery has had strong success in keeping former offenders from committing crimes and returning to prison.

Drug courts are being expanded statewide from 16 to 41 with a goal of one per county in three years.

Montgomery City Council should also consider the feasibility of a designated domestic violence court for municipal court, like the ones in Dothan, Huntsville and Mobile - and in district court in Montgomery County. More than a quarter of the cases in municipal court involve domestic violence.

Creating space for locking up the 20% of criminals who commit 80% of the crime is a must.

Leaders of all constituencies working together can help take back all of our neighborhoods.