Binghamton City Council: Residents Help Fight Crime

By Brandi Bailey

January 30, 2013 Updated Jan 31, 2013 at 1:46 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton City Council furthers ideas on how to help Binghamton Police fight crime in the city. Those ideas could involve residents.

Councilmen Bill Berg and Chris Papastrat hosted a meeting at the Park Diner to discuss the idea of residents helping the Binghamton Police Department lower crime rates.

After a council meeting last week, police expressed serious safety concerns, as the city has had three officer involved shootings in the past six months.

Council members say they hope volunteers can simply be eyes and ears for police.

"We have to begin to look at something. Crime is not what we want to bring into the city. We're looking at economic development, bringing in jobs and if the crime rate for the city is that high then we're not going to attract the people we want," said Councilman Bill Berg.

Council is currently looking at programs throughout the country and hopes to create something that will help police, and not make their jobs more difficult.