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Opinion | Regardless of motive, we definitely need the law enforcement help from Gov. Bill Lee | Otis Sanford

ABC 24 political analyst and commentator Otis Sanford shared his point of view on Gov. Bill Lee outing a focus on Memphis.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Some might call it election year politicking. Others, a sincere effort to help Memphis – no strings attached. However you describe it, Memphis and Shelby County residents should take notice that Governor Bill Lee – at least for now – is paying more attention to our community.

Lee told Mayor Jim Strickland Wednesday that his state budget proposal calls for adding 20 additional highway patrol officers And those officers will be assigned to patrol the interstates and state highways in the city and county. The governor also pledged to assist Memphis with other crime fighting efforts – including the recruitment of more police officers.

An increased law enforcement presence on our roadways has long been a rallying cry by local leaders and the public. All of us are tired of trying to steer clear of speeding vehicles – particularly those muscle cars – that routinely turn our roads into drag strips. Not to mention the rash of road rage shootings and other lawlessness.

It’s no secret that Governor Lee, who is from Williamson County, has not seemed to care much about Memphis during his first term in office. But he is seeking reelection this year, and cynics might say his overtures now toward Memphis is just an effort to shore up more votes.

I say, regardless of the motive, we definitely need the law enforcement help. And if it takes an upcoming election to get it – so be it.

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