Letter: Wilton cannot afford new police headquarters
To the Editors:
I have an idea to manage the need for more space for the police department — reduce the number of police officers so they can fit in the current headquarters. Wilton’s population has been stable for 20 years. Our crime rate is low. Using data from the Connecticut General Assembly website (cga.ct.gov/2011/rpt/2011-R-0194.htm) and population statistics from Wikipedia, Wilton has more officers for our population than all our surrounding communities except Westport (see table below).
Town Population Officers Citizens/Office
New Canaan 20,387 45 453
Redding 9,293 16 581
Ridgefield 25,244 39 647
Weston 10,387 14 742
Westport 27,899 81 344
Wilton 18,714 42 446
Our town leaders need to think more about new sources of revenue (i.e., how about approving the Brubeck subdivision project to increase property tax collections)? Here’s another idea: how about housing the new police headquarters in the extra space available at our new Miller-Driscoll School?
195 Branch Brook Road, April 27