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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Chief to Speak in Washington

Police Chief William Matthews will be speaking tomorrow in Washington, D.C. He is one of the OECA's distinguished speakers. Matthews is expected to discuss the "use of community policing to influence social behavior by changing social influences and norms."

The OECA -- Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance -- is part of the federal Environmental Protection Agency.


Anonymous said...

Good Lord. Shouldn't Matthews be more concerned about getting recertified to be a police officer? The irnony is that he will likely be using City tax money to pay for the trip. Maybe he should work a little harder to get to know his force and the problems in Coatesville before going on a goodwill social policy tour.

I love that Bellieze (sp) spent time getting FBI training and this guy is running up the bills on friendship tour.

Matthews is so out of touch it is frightening...But then again, that is what Patsy and the gang want..for the criminals to stop being picked on.

May 30, 2007 5:32 PM  
Anonymous said...

"use of community policing to influence social behavior blah, blah, blah, blah. WHAT????? I guess this is suppose to impress the people of Coatesville? Get real Matthews - if you wanna be a talk show host, go to Hollywood. Coatesville needs somebody to straighten out the crime on the streets, not talk to the criminals! What a joke you're going to be.

May 30, 2007 7:21 PM  

Chief Matthews must have made this speaking engagement prior to taking the job in Coatesville. I say that because, if you check out the OECA's website, it is pretty clear that this particular bureaucracy is set up to do all things related to environmental statutes. The only mention of criminal justice is the enforcement of environmental laws. So it takes a real good imagination to understand how "community policing might influence social behavior by changing social influences and norms" could relate to environmental issues like pollution. Maybe it would have to do with throwing your Colt 45 cans in the dumpster instead of out the car window. Or perhaps, discarding your old, overstuffed sofa or armchair instead of putting it on your front porch. Or not throwing garbage in the reservoir. I'm out of ideas and I'm sorry I can't attend his speech in D.C. but I'm sure he will tie it all together.

May 31, 2007 9:36 AM  
Anonymous said...

5:32 PM - I agree.

Obviously, anything that Matthews will try to do in Coatesville will be a reiteration of what has been suggested and/or has been done in the past. He's so unqualified that to hear his suggestions or thoughts is a joke.

He's listening to Walker who is also, by the way, way out of touch.

The only thing that the folks who attend this conference in Washington needs to do is read the papers about Matthews, Walker and the rest of this crew to come to their own conclusions - maybe they'll send help!!

May 31, 2007 10:02 AM  
Anonymous said...

Please will somebody send for the Cavalry!!!!!

June 2, 2007 7:35 AM  

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