Fort Drum home to high-profile soldier crimes

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A spate of high-profile violent crimes committed by Fort Drum, N.Y. soldiers,  is being blamed on an increase in population and not combat stress, the Watertown Times reports.

A rogue’s gallery of soldiers have been arrested in connection with break-ins, robberies, shootings and murder in recent months. Perhaps the ugliest of them all was the arrest of  Spc. Jeffrey A. Sliker, charged with murder in the death of the 4-month-old baby he and his wife were adopting. Sliker had returned roughly a year earlier from a yearlong deployment to Iraq, where he was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries suffered in an IED attack.

The rate of violent crime in the Jefferson County, which surrounds Drum, matches what it was eight years ago. It was 181.8 per 100,000 people in 2003; it spiked to 260.7 in 2005; and it has fallen steadily to 182 last year.

As the community struggles with gaps in behavioral health care for soldiers, Jefferson County Sheriff John P. Burns  said some may be falling through the cracks. His deputies often deal with soldiers who seem to have trouble adjusting from deployments.

“They really need to be debriefed further to get them back … in the community,” he told the Watertown Times. “With the added help, that certainly shouldn’t be a problem.”

Tell us: Where you are, do you see a relationship between gaps in behavioral health care, PTSD, and soldiers committing crimes?

 

[via Watertown Times]

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  1. They’re probably PCSing from Ft. Hood. We were at Ft. Drum for 8 years and the crime is nothing like Ft. Hood. I understand there’s a larger population here but this place is horrible. Anyone remember the poor lady who was set on FIRE in HOUSING!? Muders, robberies and more sexual assults to count! I’d take Ft. Drum/Watertown any day over Ft. Hood and Killeen.

  2. Offutt AFB, Nebraska is no different…just higher ranks committing heinous crimes. An Army Lt. Col. (working for the joint military command at Offutt) was arrested in November 2009 for burglary, brandishing a firearm and kidnapping. During interrogation, he admitted he was going to film the raping and murdering of his female victims. During a search of his home, the police found 50 videos with him raping young girls. He’s now serving 25 years in prison. An Air Force Lt. Col. (also worked for the joint military command at Offutt) is serving 17 years in prison for child abuse, and child porn manufacturing and distribution. His wife turned him in to the police. An Air Force Tech. Sgt. (E-6) shot and killed another Air Force Tech. Sgt. over what to watch on TV. Both of them worked for the joint military command at Offutt. The murdering Tech. Sgt is now serving life in prison.

  3. “As the community struggles with gaps in behavioral health care for soldiers, Jefferson County Sheriff John P. Burns said some may be falling through the cracks. His deputies often deal with soldiers who seem to have trouble adjusting from deployments. ”

    As a mental health care provider considering a move to the area, I have found the search for decent and affordable housing to be frustrating around the Fort Drum area. I have been turned down by potential landlords because I do not have a credit score of 720. A ridiculous expectation in this economy.

    If the community has a gap in behavioral health care, I recommend that they fix the gap in available and affordable housing as well. I am certain more health care professionals would be willing to move to the Fort Drum if this was the case.

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