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Hightstown Police Director Responds to Crime Concerns

James Le Tellier said he has increased press releases to the media to keep the public informed.

To the Editor:

I normally do not respond to blogs but enough is enough. Hightstown Police Department has not released any leads or descriptions at this time and yet, people are blaming illegal aliens, aka Hispanics, and taxi drivers for the increase of crime in Hightstown.

This is outrageous and as Police Director I cannot, nor will not stand by and allow these racist attacks against member of this community to go on refuted.

The reason that people are seeing an increase in crime is because it is my policy to inform you. I have instituted a policy of increasing press releases thus, keeping you informed and educated.

I will not allow any portion of our community to be unfairly attacked or be targeted.

- James K. Le Tellier
Hightstown Police Director

Jake July 20, 2012 at 01:00 PM
If the shoe fits director. Crimes like these did not take place before we had the influx of latinos into our "refugee" town. Instead of defending certain people go out and prove us wrong.
LEMM July 20, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I agree Jake....it's a town that is 1 square mile correct??!! Word gets around pretty quickly...We are hearing about all this crime all of a sudden because the Police Chief has decided to disclose this information to the public...come on!!! It is what it is...crime has definitely increased and so has the illegal immigrant community...I hate to say it but it is what it is...As an upstanding LEGAL taxpaying citizen of this country and this town I am appalled by the influx of illegals to this area...maybe the Chief should have his teams focus on cracking down on this problem and then maybe the other crimes will subside. Like you said Jake..'prove us wrong'!
Leslie Bianczik July 20, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Someone should tell the Police Director that the "undocumented immigrants" don't like to be called "illegal aliens".
John W. July 20, 2012 at 05:09 PM
As a former long time resident of the East Windsor/Hightstown area, I feel compelled to say that your comments make me sick. I grew up in this town, went through the school system and let me tell you that Hightstown is as safe as any other small, suburban town I have been to -in fact, even more with police from three towns patrolling the area (overkill? yes). For you to blame an influx in "violent crime" on an ethnic group not only ostracizes you and those you associate with as being bigots and uninformed, you are also adding to a huge gap in the relationship between new residents and those who have lived in town for a long time. If you would like to see positive change in this town then I suggest, sir, that you volunteer your time to local events or organize/join a neighborhood watch so that maybe instead of making comments that prove your ignorance, you can create action that will spur positive change. This town has tons of potential - and people like yourself hold it back because you are so quick to place blame on a group of people. I think you should read the local news a little more closely, and maybe take note that a lot of the crime that happens in town is a result of non-residents. Fact. I think that you should applaud the taxi ordinance as well, as it will create options for residents and hopefully even out and lower cab costs for those that require transportation. Or you can just cry on the internet about it, and claim ignorance later. You disgust me.
Samuel G July 20, 2012 at 05:28 PM
If you scroll down to the Crime section on this link, it looks like crime in Hightstown peaked in 2004, just before it became a refuge city. Since that time it has been in a general downward trend. http://www.city-data.com/city/Hightstown-New-Jersey.html
John W. July 20, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Samuel, thank you for the data that proves that the original comments are rooted in bigotry and fear. That is no way to live. I'd also like to say thank you to Police Director James Le Tellier for making a sound announcement and defending residents that are being falsely accused by those who are uninformed.
Jake July 20, 2012 at 05:42 PM
john w. you have your opinion and I have the truth. By the way you also disgust me with your whiny liberal attitude.
John W. July 20, 2012 at 05:48 PM
So you know - I am probably the most non-liberal person you've talked to about this issue. However, my political views have zero to do with the fact that your responses are rooted in bigotry and ignornace. However - you need to learn how to respect people and to not buy into the stereotypes that have plauged this country (and very specifically, Hightstown) for decades. Your response has no merit or substance, and more importantly no facts. As someone who grew up in this town through the 90s up through 2010, I can tell you that it is 100% as safe as it ever was and that, to be blunt, if you fear walking the street in Hightstown at any time of day then that is just sad. I hope you enjoy living your life in fear and ignorance - it seems to have taken you this far.
Jake July 20, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I have lived here for longer then you and we never had these problems before so think before you speak you only show your ignorance. I dont live in fear I can take care of myself. My only fear is liberal thinking people like you who will not accept the truth because you are trying to be so PC.
John W. July 20, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I'm not trying to PC. I am trying to let you know that you're making yourself look like a bigot. Your ignorance toward your fellow citizens is astounding. It baffles me that in this day and age that this type of attitude toward your fellow man is still an issue, it is beyond closed minded to thunk the way you do.
Torry Watkins July 20, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Police Director James LeTellier has put his finger on the most important issue in the public perception of crime. Crime reports, like those officially listed by the FBI in the Uniform Crime Reports, and those given out to the media, are almost entirely driven by the police. If the police want us to have honest statistics, they will act accordingly. And if they don't (have we already forgotten about the Hightstown "gangs" report?) well then..... Jim is telling us that we may see some upticks happening because he is following a policy of telling it like it is. We should take him at his word until proven otherwise. The fact of the matter is that in the H-EW community, like so many other suburban areas, the rate of violent crime is vanishingly low, and has been so historically. Finally, I'd remind anyone who is eager to pin all this crime on the Latino immigrant community, in my 33 years in Hightstown, there have been 4 murders, and of the 3 that were solved, none were pinned on any sort of illegal immigrant. That said, Jim would be well-advised not to get into debates with people who aren't willing to use their real names.
Maria Juega July 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Well said Director Le Tellier! Thank you for calling it what it is...bigotry.
Dave Bell July 21, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I don't believe that illegal immigrants are responsible for the "rise in crime", I don't think we are having such an up turn in violent crime, but with the cultural differences they do add to quality of life issues in town. I personally have had a few incidents that I reported to town officials and the answer every time is "Well it's a cultural difference". I just feel that when moving somewhere you are responsible for learning the laws where you live and not expect locals to excuse or except the excuse of "ignorance of the law".
Curtis Crowell July 21, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Thank you for you comments Tory- I agree with your perspective. I think the Police Director has done an excellent job to date. It was remarkable at last Monday night's Council meeting to see the degree to which the Director had immersed himself in the taxi issue and worked toward an ordinance that, criticism withstanding, did get Council's approval. Anyone addressing these issues with initiative and a willingness to pit in and get things done is a refreshing change from the pattern of the past. What has not changed is the persistent loud voices of those that sit on the sidelines, often anonymously, and heckle with analysis that is founded on personal opinion and little else.
Harold Bellamy July 22, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Exactly! The illegals are not responsible for much of the crime and quality of life issues in our area. Why, just look at the names in the Police Blotter in the Herald and you'll see that........oops bad example. Forget I said anything. I'm sure its just a one time anomaly. Nope, same thing last week too. Hmmm.

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