Pat Farrel shares his plans to improve neighborhood safety

Tuesday, November 8th is Election Day and South Bend residents will elect the city's first non-incumbent since 1987 because Steve Luecke is not running for re-election.

Crime has been a big issue in this campaign. Newscenter16 has been asking each candidate what he would do to make South Bend's neighborhoods safer.

Democrat Pete Buttigieg and republican Wayne Curry have already shared their plans with us.

Now, libertarian candidate Pat Farrell has his turn to share his plans.

Like the men he is running against, Pat Farrell wants to find a way to get more officers on the beat. Pat Farrell calls South Bend's neighborhoods the "pillars" of the city.

In his 63 years as a South Bend resident, he has seen too many neighborhoods begin to crumble due to crime and neglect.

Farrell believes higher unemployment is a big reason for the decline of many neighborhoods and one way to turn the tide is to bring more jobs to the city.

Farrell also says his administration would reach out to those areas that have not embraced community policing and neighborhood watch programs.

He would also use more resources to clean up blighted areas. Farrell says, “I think code enforcement is kind of lacking and maybe we need stronger code enforcement in this city. There's a lot of work to be done.”

Farrell admits he would not make radical changes to the police department, although he would target trouble areas.

He says, “I don't think I can re-invent the wheel. I don't think I can make changes that will change things that greatly. I think its more manpower in the situations like that.

Additionally, Farrell believes communication and giving citizens a forum is also the key to a safer city, which is why he advocates a very public way of discussing issues, such as public safety.

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