We believe those in a position of authority in every community would agree that safety is of the utmost importance to their residents - whether that safety be in the form of police presence or fire protection.
With that said, it has been comforting to have stories published within the past week reporting on communities that have strengthened their police forces.
On the brink of eliminating its police department only a few short months ago, New Cumberland officials hired two new officers and added an alternate to bring its staffing to full strength.
Mayor Linda McNeil explained the new hires were the best candidates for the job, adding they went through a "rigorous" interview process.
The village of Salineville, also struggling to staff its police force, hired a new police chief, and in doing so made it a full-time position. Officials there also added another officer to the department roster.
"I'm sure you're all aware of the department's issues currently, so we're going to start small and work our way up so this department is built correctly," new Chief Andrew M. Straley told those in attendance at the council meeting.
And, Chester also filled one of the vacancies in its police force this week.
"I'm not concerned about a lack of enforcement," Chester Chief Ken Thorn told his council. "We've got all our hours covered."
We understand all our area departments go through staffing problems, but it seems these communities have been struggling for some time now - not necessarily in policing their territory, but in manpower.
The trend of constant turnover, we hope, has now reversed.
And it's also been encouraging to see our elected leaders - those on council and our area mayors - working to get their police departments untracked.
Here's to continuous improvement.