Neighbors discuss public safety with mayor and chief of police

Neighbors discuss public safety with mayor and chief of police

POINT PLACE, OH (WTOL) - Neighbors in Point Place packed the summer's first Wednesdays with Wade.

They were seeking answers to a number of questions. From roads and bike paths, to water quality, the proposed jail and of course safety.

But what Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and Police Chief George Kral addressed head on: Policing and the community.

A lot of discussion centered around the officer-involved shootings and hazmat scenes.

"I couldn't stand it if my son or anybody in my family were a cop right now because I'd be so scared for them. How do they even do their jobs?"

Chief Kral said this has been a stressful period, but police continue to protect and serve.\

"We're hoping for a little bit of downtime for a little bit so we can heal up, get our equipment back into shape, come together and talk about what's been happening over the past two and half weeks," explained Toledo Police Chief George Kral.

Decontamination from the hazmat scene could cost the city anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000.

Chief Kral said he already ordered an additional $9,000 worth of Narcan for his department. Over the next week they will meet to discuss further how they can improve safety measures for officers.

The mayor said the past few weeks have demonstrated just how difficult and dangerous their jobs are.

"I think what Toledo has done up to now really can be a lesson to other cities and how to handle a situation like this," said Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz. "We had a tragedy on Friday, but it didn't turn into a catastrophe and I think there are a lot of reasons for that."

The mayor commended the quick release of dash cam video and encourages our city to come together. One man even recommending a human relations committee be formed.

"It would open up so everybody could come in and have an opportunity to voice their opinion of what they feel themselves and what's going on in their community," said Nick Haupricht, of Point Place.

Neighbors in Point Place also heavily discussed their desire to keep the jail downtown. They wanted to know where the mayor stood on the issue.

"You can stand here all day and say I hear you I hear you, but you're not saying it," shouted one member of the group, Keep the Jail in Downtown Toledo.

"Okay, then here I guess I haven't made a decision then I guess because I have never thought about it," answered Mayor Kapszukiewicz.

"When can we expect you to take a spot on that?" continued the group member.

"Very soon I guess," said Kapszukiewicz.

For Keep the Jail in Downtown Toledo, they want the city leaders' public support. When they didn't get that Wednesday, WTOL 11 asked if they were unsatisfied with the response.

"We've talked to many of the city council (members) we've talked to the mayor before," said Mary Dutkowski, Keep the Jail in Downtown Toledo. "Maybe disappointed that nobody is really standing up. To us they are, but not vocally, outwardly."

While several questions were asked and answered, the mayor encourages conversation, unity, and action.

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