With everything going in Police District 10 – the WEB area, I have been giving some though about the current state of Community Policing we find ourselves in now.
Our fair city is covers a wide area and a diverse social & economic range. Our ward is a good representation of this. The reality is that the lower part of the ward has different policing needs the upper part. But both parts need to have more of a police presence.
One thing I like about our ward and the WEB Management Team is the fact that overall this is a pretty intelligent group. We understand the problems and limitations that we face and the Police Department faces. Some of them are:
The fact is that the city is in the midst of a budget crisis and that we have a very generous benefit package that makes it difficult to afford to hirer more officers.
The force is down over 100 officers from the height under Nick Pastore
I have been hearing that the partnerships with the various State agencies – such as DCF – are weak and the rapport that we once had is not there
Federal grant dollars are substantially less and harder to obtain
The above leads us to the current crisis that we are now in.
Officers are getting burnt out. When an officer would rather not work the earn overtime we have a problem. Also the good and deserving officers can’t move up in the ranks or we risk even further depleting the force on the street.
With a smaller force there is no way that we can have the coverage that we once did – no ifs ands or buts.
Our partner State agencies are not as focused on us and now a large part of the NHPD’s calls are for domestic abuse cases. What used to be dealt with by DCF or other agency is now falling on the shoulders of our cops.
When we used to get many millions of dollars in direct and indirect grants from the Federal Government under COPS and other such programs what few thousand dollars we do get we are happy for
The question now is what can we expect from our Police Department and Chief of Police. I want to know what you think. Please post a comment to www.motisandman.blogspot.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in service,