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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

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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