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Police protection key for city

The quality of the local school district was my biggest draw and No. 1 recruitment tool for this company in convincing me to come here. I’ve said that time and time again in this forum, and thus far the move to Ennis has certainly paid off.
We loved the rural atmosphere with the attraction of a large metropolitan mega-city so close.

Unfortunately, with that proximity comes some of the negative aspects of our location.

With the major connection between Dallas and the nation’s fourth largest city — Houston — running right through our town in Interstate 45, crime can find its way here. And while we enjoy U.S. Hwy 287’s convenience, it also can bring trouble to our area.

It’s hard to say why crime rates rise. If there were an easy answer Ennis Police Chief John Erisman, Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson and the rest of the Ennis police force would likely have an even better handle on the situation.

And despite the numerous stories published by the Ennis Daily News in recent months, I still feel pretty safe in the Bluebonnet City.
Granted we can’t blame I-45 and 287 for the relative ease of all criminals movements in our area. This type of thing happens in towns throughout the U.S. But two of our major assets unfortunately bring a touch of negative with them.

We can’t be isolated and even if we were, the Ennis and eastern Ellis County area has enough questionable characters of its own to be worried about.

As evidenced by stories of a man allegedly kidnapping a 14-month-old right out of his mother’s car on Thursday show, people will stoop to any level.

Again despite all of that, Ennis is a great place to live. We have our issues and apparently we don’t have enough hours in the day for our police force to keep up with it. Clearly they are doing an amazing job in their investigations as it seems we publish a major bust of some sort every couple of days.

Either our criminals are getting dumber and more brazen with each passing day or our police are on the verge of ridding the city of the criminal element any day now. I mean how many more idiots can there be out there?

Unfortunately despite the talents of our police, I’m leaning toward the increase in our criminals’ ridiculous behavior rather than dreaming our police have any chance of making this a crime-free area.

And unlike some cities our size that do not have the proximity to Dallas, Fort Worth and even Houston, that proximity has increased this pressure on our police force.

Regardless of the number of negative stories we publish about the criminal element, Ennis remains a great place to live. The detail in the stories we received from the police, much of which they are not required by law to release is a useful tool for the community.

It helps our law-abiding citizens remain aware of the potential threats out there. It lets us know our police are actively working to clean up the streets — though that may feel more and more impossible with each passing day.

Each time you read about the crimes taking place in Ennis and about those arrested for such misdeeds, don’t get depressed. Take time to thank a police officer or sheriff’s deputy for the work they’ve done.

As a father of two young girls who recently moved to Ennis from a larger town, I can assure you quality police protection is one of the many comforts we take for granted.

Tre Bischof is publisher of The Ennis Daily News. He can be reached by sending e-mail to tre@ennisdailynews.com.

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