You get what you pay for. The questions are always asked: Where are the police when we need them? Aren't we paying for police protection?
Both are good questions to open a dialogue between the citizens of a community frustrated with the lack of police service and their city government. City police departments are fighting two battles every day -- the battle to protect our safety and the battle to cut budgets because of lost city revenue.
The question to really ask: Are we ready to pay for the protection we want? My mom always said you get what you pay for. Are we ready to pay for more officers?