Victim of a crime in Oakland? Police won’t respond. HUH? WTF?
The economic disaster has hit just about everyone pretty hard. Many cities and states with bloated bureaucracies are desperately trying to find ways to save money or squeeze more out of the taxpayer. This has, in some cases, caused disputes between government administrators and employee unions on where to make necessary spending cuts. Whenever this involves police unions, it invariably leads to threats of cutbacks in services. According to this story, that’s exactly what’s happening in Oakland, California.
Oakland’s police chief is making some dire claims about what his force will and will not respond to if layoffs go as planned.
Chief Anthony Batts listed exactly 44 situations that his officers will no longer respond to and they include grand theft, burglary, car wrecks, identity theft and vandalism. He says if you live and Oakland and one of the above happens to you, you need to let police know on-line.
Some 80 officers were to be let go at midnight last night if a last-minute deal was not reached. That’s about ten percent of the work force.
“I came here to build an organization, not downsize one,” said Batts, who was given the top job in October.
Great. If you’re a victim of certain crimes in Oakland, don’t bother calling the police – send them an email? SHEESH.
The police union is looking for job security – a promise of no layoffs for three years. The city, which has shielded the police and fire departments from layoffs for years, has run out of places to cut. They agreed to a one year moratorium on layoffs but that was not enough for the union.
This is a typical union scare tactic. The city should fire the police chief and get tough with the union.