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Police probe rash of graffiti in Rockland

By Stephen Betts | Nov 18, 2020

Rockland — Rockland police are investigating a series of acts of vandalism in which graffiti was painted on buildings across the city.

The graffiti has included a crude form of a swastika, according to Rockland police.

The buildings targeted have included downtown buildings and other commercial properties, according to police.

The latest report was made Nov. 17. The cases remain under investigation.

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Comments (7)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | Nov 19, 2020 09:41


I do agree that the police budget is way over.  We need someone in city government that will start from the bottom and weed out all the extra spending.  Like for instance, changing Main Street to a one lane and than having to change it back again.


The City spent $36,560.82

Labor for the set up and tear down of the barriers $4,652.00

Barriers, cones, paint, planters and misc supplies  $31,908.82

I do not know how much, if any, grant money was used on this project.



Posted by: Valerie Wass | Nov 19, 2020 09:33

Really Francis???? Who ya gonna call when you are being burglarized?  When your in an accident?  I could go on and on.  Our police force, as most all police forces, have the bravest men I know.  They put their life on the line to serve and protect us.  Stephen's post was just that, his opinion and not facts.  I do not see attacking someone as entertainment!

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Nov 19, 2020 08:51

Valerie since when has telling the truth been considered negative.  The only officer you will see patroling Main st is Troy Peasley (the City's parking officer).  No foot patrols, no bicycle patrols.  This City spends two Million dollars a year on our Police, yet we have Graffiti, vandalism, and drug issues despite spending twice what other towns do.  Sorry I'm not a "back the blue no matter who" kind of guy.  Think we need to take a serious look at how our Police budget is being spent.  You live on a quiet side street, come up to Old County.  I'll give you a chair so we can watch the Daily hi speed car races with no cruisers in sight.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Nov 18, 2020 11:50

Valerie, it takes a certain kind of personality to deal with the public. Being available to everyone in town that has a gripe would not work for me. One has to be pretty thick skinned to accept all the criticism and backseat quarterbacking that goes with the job. I guess we all, myself included, could be a little kinder at times even though the opinions posted are entertaining.


Posted by: Valerie Wass | Nov 18, 2020 10:42


What with all the negativity about our city officials, I would think that you would have run in the last election.  It is better to ask the correct person the question than complain about it without knowing the answer.

Posted by: GORDON MANK | Nov 18, 2020 09:48

Stephen in 1989 I was one of those Rockland Police Officers who used to walk Main St. every night at the beginning of my shift to pull doors and check to make sure they were properly secured. It was just part of our job to keep the businesses safe. I don't know why the Police Department stopped doing that if in fact they don't anymore.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Nov 18, 2020 09:31

Difficult for police to notice vandalism downtown when they seldom are in that area.  Most likely cruisers at night are conducting bog patrols.  Back in the 60's and early 70's when I worked night shift at a downtown business an officer would walk the length of Main street checking for locked doors.  Very comforting then to know someone was on night patrol.  Unfortunately can't do that today.  The office would have to get out of the car.

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