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Council nods LHA agreement for second officer for housing projects

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He is making a lot of drug arrests. We have seen a lot of evictions around 25. We are trying to get the bad out and get good people in there, he said.

Sandefur, he said, is employed and paid in full through Public Housing; however, the secondary officer will be funded 50-50 between the department and Public Housing.

It is one of the best things we have done, Bowen said of placing an officer to patrol the area. We had previously spent a lot of our time in public housing and now it frees up those officers in those zones to respond to other calls in service.

Lebanon resident Annie Ward addressed councilors during the meeting, saying that she has been impressed with the work that Sandefur and the LPD are doing to improve public housing. Ward said that many friends have reached out to her through phone calls to comment on changes in the area.

Since you put that extra police officer in the projects, they have been calling and saying that this is the first time in years that they could sleep on the weekend, Ward said. They said that Scooter is doing a good job.

Ward said it was evident that Sandefur was respected by the residents. Even the ones that Scooter is arresting -- respect Scooter. Most of them are drug dealers and have guns, but they dont talk back to Scooter, she said before requesting that when another officer is place he be trained by Scooter.

Bowen said that when placing a second officer in public housing, they will look for a candidate who exhibits the same mentality. The best feedback we can get is from the residents. We have had nothing but positive feedback. This second officer we want to have that same mentality so it will continue to be successful.

Council will consider the ordinance on second reading in a special called meeting set for 7:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 22, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building.

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