The Delaware County District Attorney was back in town yesterday to announce the dispatch of law enforcement reinforcements and a suitcase full of new reward money.

According to Whelan, the state police presence is part of “Operation Safe Streets,” a multi-tiered approach to combat city crime, especially gun violence, that will also include the county’s Criminal Investigation Division Gun Trafficking Unit, the Chester Police Department, Delaware County Probation and Parole, the Delaware County Sheriff’s office, and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The mayor had a chat with Chester police officers to kill the layoff rumor which has lowered the police force morale this week. Mayor Kirkland said…

I understand contracts, sick time, requesting time off, but I wanted the police officers to understand that they raised their hand, put their hand on the Bible and said they were going to protect and serve…

Hopefully we now have happier police offers, more law enforcement on the street for a few month, less crimes being committed, more bench warrant violators going to court, and someone finally earning reward money.