Oakland just laid off 80 cops.
Oakland, CA is by San Francisco, and is one of the toughest cities to live in. Laying off 80 cops and letting all the criminals know that is not a
On top of that, they stated exactly what crimes the officers will not respond to... 44 crimes will not be responded to by OPD
Here's a partial list:
* grand theft
* grand theft:dog
* identity theft
* false information to peace officer
* required to register as sex or arson offender
* dump waste or offensive matter
* discard appliance with lock
* loud music
* possess forged notes
* pass fictitious check
* obtain money by false voucher
* fraudulent use of access cards
* stolen license plate
* embezzlement by an employee (over $ 400)
* attempted extortion
* false personification of other
* injure telephone/ power line
* interfere with power line
* unauthorized cable tv connection
* administer/expose poison to another's
Doesnt this make things even worse for the people and better for the bad guys? The bad guys now know what cops wont respond to, so they would feel
more free to do those crimes, knowing cops wont come or will take a much longer time to look into it.
There is only one solution for the problem, and thats not job cuts, its pay cuts. If i was a cop, i would car about being a cop more than the money i
make for being a cop. Also, if i was a cop, and i knew that 80 cops getting laid off, and one of them was my partner, i would be willing to take a pay
cut, in other for the partner to keep his job and also take a pay cut. Sure it would be harder to live if your life is full of expensive bills, BUT i
would rather have a back up then get paid and no back up at all. You can sell things, make your life cheaper, but keep a job.
if 100 cops take a small pay cut, they might be able to save 10 cops from being laid off, thus keeping streets safer, keeping each officer safer.
Now if im a cop and i know my partner was laid off, would i want to run after a bad guy? would i want to protect more or less people, or protect
myself more and stay in the car or behind a corner.
If every single person in OPD takes a 5% cut, for some it might be $10 a day and for some $20 a day, then imagine how many jobs they would save,
imagine how many cops they would actually be able to add to the street..... we are looking at about 1 cop per 10-20 people 5% pay cut, depending on
their pay etc... OPD has about 800 officers, and probably 2,000 employees, so we are looking at about 3,000 workers who take a 5% and that would
actually add 150-300 extra officers!!!! ... my math is not superb, but it does make more sense than laying off 80 officers because people are all
about money/greed and all about me me me!