posted on Jul, 29 2015 @ 08:14 AM
a reply to: buni11687
Uh, I don't know if you're new to Texas or not, but.......those response times are right in line with Houston; in fact, depending upon the Priority
assigned to the call, the times reported are better than in Houston. There's a reason for that......manpower shortages, at least thats the problem in
Houston. And its an intentional shortage.
The way things work in Texas has a history I'll outline as follows:
Around about the year 2000, Texas cities realized they were sitting on a Police & Fire pension bomb, so two things happened: a) they offered early
retirement packages and they were gobbled up then b) they changed the pension systems for new hires. As the cops that didn't take the early out,
(only about 10%) did finally leave, the "cities" were hit with "You got no diversity", (too many white cops), so......the cities quietly relaxed the
rules about former crooks being eligible and put priority on hiring "minorities". That hasn't worked very well and Houston has had problems getting
above 50% staffing.
Against the backdrop of this disaster, citizens got angry and legislators responded with Concealed Carry laws and the Castle doctrine, (look it up,
but basically you can defend yourself, your property, your neighbor's property from ongoing criminal activity with deadly force if you believe your
life or the lives of innocents are in imminent danger of extinguishment). In the Houston/Harris County area, most of the middle class lives "in
county", not in the city so they depend on the Sheriff's office and the local Precinct Constables for law enforcement. I worked with those agencies
and the message we were given was that the passage of the CHL and Castle Doctrine was to bring in a new policy in law enforcement, i.e., the LEO's
were going to adopt the position of "clean up crews"; the cops expected You the homeowner to dispatch the bad guys and call them when that started and
they'd show up after the necessary problem had been solved, one way or the other, to collect bodies and other evidence.
So......response times are now in keeping with that policy and to newcomers, the message is....grow a pair, get firearm training, a fire arm and a
CHL! Pretty much, you're on your own. Get over it. And no.....Texas taxpayers aren't going to pony up more in taxes for more cops. We have plenty
of cops; more than we'd like to see on the roads and highways as it is.