The Mercury is the latest newspaper to back a bill before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that would provide state funding to hire an additional 10,000 police officers by 2011.
Most of the new officers would be hired by smaller communities, which are feeling the impact of crime from bigger cities.
Let's be realistic about crime prevention. The Pennsylvania Legislature will never pass gun control measures being sought by the Philadelphia legislative delegation. But putting more police officers on the street is a common-sense way to reduce crime.
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