Taking Back the Streets of Hyannis
A Warm Nod to the Barnstable Police Department
Barnstable's new Street Crime Unit "took a bite out of crime" in recent months and we commend them for that. As one Hyannis business owner told Cape Cod Today, "I am most impressed with the new street crimes unit because their high-profile arrests have the biggest trouble-makers running scared. There's still a lot of work to do but, with the community's involvement, real progress is being made."
Chief Paul MacDonald can be proud of his officers, and Barnstable's taxpayers should be pleased to get their money's worth from the BPD.
Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald can be proud of his officers, and Barnstable's taxpayers should be pleased to get their money's worth from the BPD.
Indeed, this morning's radio broadcasts included Chief MacDonald declaring that there hadn't been a shooting or stabbing since the new street crime unit was deployed. They have singled out the trouble spots, such as Pufferbellies Entertainment Complex and have taken assertive steps to eliminate dangerous behavior in such venues.
Cape Cod Today commends Chief MacDonald and his officers for their exemplary work. We also commend the members of the Hyannis community who have come together to get most of the street people out of the downtown area as well as those who work to improve education and housing opportunities in the downtown Hyannis area.
We remind everyone that this is an ongoing process. The BPD must maintain constant pressure on the troublemakers and this means the taxpayers of Barnstable need to support the police in this costly endeavor.
Step-by-step the businesspeople and downtown residents are taking back the streets of Hyannis. This bodes well for the future of Hyannis and for the entire mid-Cape region.
We look forward to a day - very soon, we fancy - when we will be able to write "Beautiful downtown Hyannis" without a punch line.