TROY, N.Y. – The Troy Police Chief said residents’ requests for a safer city are not needed, yet.
Residents want to see more patrols throughout the area and possibly a street crimes unit.
“People are shutting their doors, running to their car, and then running back from work, and that’s not a way to live,” resident Kevin McGrath said.
Eight victims of six homicides have occurred in Troy since the beginning of 2014. Residents have demanded something be done for several weeks, so concerned citizens brought specific changes they would like to see to the police department.
Amy O’Connor is a member of Take Back Troy.
“People really do want more patrols,” she said. “They do want a special unit, a street unit, out there. Basically, a lot more visibility from the police.”
But a street crimes unit requires aggressive orders with undercover offices, and Troy Police Chief John Tedesco strongly disagrees with that tactic – at least for now.
“There are problems with the street crimes unit interfering with the drug unit,” he said. “Right now this department is in some very intensive investigations. I’m really not looking to rip it apart.”
Arrests have been made in all cases except for the double homicide of 19-year-old Vanessa Milligan and her unborn child.
Both sides agree more patrols are a viable solution, but Tedesco questions whether they would have prevented the homicides.
“If you look at the homicides we had this year, they all took place behind closed doors,” he said.
In the meantime, Tedesco said he and the police department are doing everything they can to keep people safe.