By DAVE McMILLION
A member of a West End neighborhood watch group suggested to city officials Monday night that members of his organization be allowed to write tickets for traffic violations in his neighborhood.
Sometimes it takes a while for police to respond to calls, and writing tickets for the police department could help them with their duties, said Joe Imes of the West End Against Trouble, Crime and Harassment, or WATCH.
Imes discussed the issue during a meeting at the Church of God at Linganore Avenue and Hammond Street.
About 30 local residents came to the meeting to talk about crime, problem youths and other issues.
With the exception of Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, city officials indicated they had problems with Imes' idea.
Although he said he understands people's desire to help fight crime, City Council member Lewis Metzner said he does not think giving citizens enforcement powers is practical.