Jeff Griffith Talks City Budget, Tornado Sirens, & Police Force
Wednesday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin, Lubbock City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Griffith joined Dave and Matt to talk about the city budget, tornado sirens, appraisals, police and substations, police academy training, abortion law, and more.
The Councilman started the discussion by talking about how they finalized the city budget last night, and specifically talking about the inclusion of tornado sirens in the budget. Griffith explained that he was against tornado sirens a few years ago, but that as the technology for these systems have improved, and his sense of responsibility for public safety, he has changed his position. He still encourages that people use the LBK Alert system on their cellphones, but he understands that not everyone has a cellphone. Griffith believes that if a tornado siren system saves even one life, that $980,000 is not a lot of money in the overall theme of public safety, compared to other areas. Griffith went on to say,
Public safety is about letting every citizen know. (The cellphone) isn't a foolproof device...but the advantage that were going after is that its another tool in the toolbox. It's another way to protect the citizens.
In the end, Jeff explained that, while the system has not yet been purchased, that it has already been voted for in the budget last night.
Griffith also talked about many things related to the Lubbock Police Department. He explained that they added $700,000 for the police, and that he wishes they could have added more. He is aware that Lubbock is a growing city where crime is an issue, and he believes that we will never have enough officers on the street, and so the city council focused on the Lubbock police quite a bit in the budget. He is, however, proud of the officers coming out of training, and what the police department is currently doing.
Watch the full interview with Lubbock City Councilman Jeff Griffith in the video above.