Ask the Chief
Occasionally, I’m asked, "What one thing would you change to make Minneota safer?" Some think having another officer would make our community safer.
Some think more security cameras and advanced technology would make Minneota safer. Some even suggest stricter enforcement of current laws by writing more tickets and arresting people is the solution.
While all of these ideas have merit, I don't think they are the answer.
Technology is great for gathering evidence and there is truth that cameras act as a deterrent but it is not perfect. For decades some communities our size have had more officers than we do and they are no safer than we are.
Some communities our size write a lot of tickets and arrest whenever they can and they continue to struggle with crime.
I propose that the only meaningful change a community can make to improve safety is to become more respectful and forgiving of each other.
People who respect others are far less likely to steal someone's property. People who respect others don't assault one another.
People who respect themselves don't act in a way that would embarrass them or their family. People who are quick to forgive are less likely to seek vengeance for a perceived slight or criminal act.
If I could change one thing, it would be the human condition. I encourage everyone to treat others as you would want to be treated. Be honest and kind in all of your acts and conversations.
Most importantly, don't let someone else's poor behavior cause you to make bad decisions. Minneota is a great community filled with many people who already practice these principles.
We can become even better if we live our values and encourage others to do the same.