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  • #16
    We haven't been bad. Up until June, we were still hiring 40 officers a month, and since then it has been cut back to 30 every couple months. We gave up our cost of living but still get contractual raises each year. We opened 2 new stations in 2008 and are opening another this year, as well as starting construction of a new headquarters (not being paid for up front). No layoffs have happened, but they have cut everywhere they can. We had a 0% increase budget from FY 08 to FY 09, ad expect the same this time around. So far we have been VERY lucky...

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    • #17
      We are actually doing good - since the economy has tanked more good people are willing to work for peanuts. So we've been able to fill new positions.

      The next county over took a 1/hr pay decrease and 1.50/hr on nights decrease. The county is trying to stop out of county take home cars which effects about 60% of the small force.

      We never buy new cars or equipment so we don't have much to miss. Some of you guys should be lucky to have what you have - rest assured many of us do not have.
      Any views or opinions presented by this prenomen are solely those of a burlesque author and do not necessarily represent those of a LEA or caementum couturier.

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      This is the internet- take all information with a grain of salt. Such could be valid and true or could be typed just for playing devils advocate.

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      • #18
        They took away our car and handheld radios and now rely on a flashing redlight on the city's water tower. If it flashes, we use a callbox to see what is happening.............

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        • #19
          Michigan's economy has been in the toilet since around 2000. So I'm pretty much use to this by now. And we have a state income tax and sales tax so don't think that's the answer to your state's problems.
          "Lay there and bleed awhile before you feel some real pain."

          "Have a cup of coffee, a pall mall, and relax!"

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Nessmuk View Post
            I'll bet your state has an income tax and/or a sales tax...
            Some of the highest taxes in the good olde US of A.
            Being a good street cop is like coming to work in a wet suit and peeing in your pants. It's a nice warm feeling, but you're the only one who knows anything has happened.

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            • #21
              Our uniform reimbursements have not come through. Reason given by the USAF comptroller's office? "we ran out of money this fiscal year. If it's budgeted on the next one, you may get it"

              Not enough patrol units. Our vehicles are deadlined and they sit there because rather than have active duty personnel as maintenence, the AF has gone to contractors and civilians which cost a lot more.

              Qualifications have dropped to once a year. Not nearly enough (Im a supporter of quarterly-fires)

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              • #22
                It's been slow to hit our city; we are just now noticing it, other than some high-profile restaurant closings in the last year or so.

                We got 2% COLA this year, and they are keeping the hiring up to capacity. Only 9 cars when 27 were slated to be replaced, though. That's done through a special non-budget system that buys cars from the interest earned, so it's tied to the economy but not to the city budget, if you get what I mean. They try to save on overtime when possible, but nothing has really changed as far as transports, extra shifts, and late calls are concerned. In general, it's still you caught 'em, you clean 'em.
                If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.

                ---Jack Handey

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                • #23
                  Barely affected us....Not as easy to get extra training....less training ammo...

                  BUT....we did buy new "POLICE" stickers for the trunks of our cars....

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                  • #24
                    They took a crap when several of the adminstrators were off for 2 weeks and returned to a stack of OT slips worth $18,000. Needless to say, they begged guys to take a little comp time.
                    Being a good street cop is like coming to work in a wet suit and peeing in your pants. It's a nice warm feeling, but you're the only one who knows anything has happened.

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                    • #25
                      My dept is good. In fact we have been spending more and our Sheriff just informed the public that our financial standing is very comfortable. He even rolled back 7.35 millages to .75 keeping a tax increase promise that as soon as he funded our pay raise he would roll back the millage. Our training has increased and we are still hiring. In fact we are about to add another 375 bed pod to our jail, and upgrade and expand our intake. Our local economy actually grew during the recession. We felt nothing. Our area has recently aquired several new huge companies bringing thousands more jobs to my area that was already doing well.
                      Ignored: Towncop, Pulicords, TacoMac, Ten08

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                      • #26
                        hasnt affected us at all infact we are hiring more now then ive ever seen. I dont even believe any of this it the "economy" crap. uless you live in an area that is having businesses shut down, which they are not here. its like the swine flu. its alot of media scare tactics. try telling someone " well yea you know with the economy the way it is" but use it where it makes no sense and they seem to agree... i told that to a guy who wanted to complain about his neighbors dog barking at all hours. he nodded his head and said "yea i guess your right"

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                        • #27
                          We're looking at laying off anywhere from 250 to 300 Officers and non-sworn employees.
                          "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - Orwell

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                          • #28
                            Our department has been asked to cut $2 million out of the budget. Not layoffs/furloughs though, at least not yet. A couple of overtime programs have been axed. Things aren't all bad though.
                            We still have an academy class going that has 36 recruits in it currently. They are also preparing to build a new briefing station/air support unit.
                            Anything worth shooting is worth shooting 3 or 4 times.

                            M-11

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                            • #29
                              My dept is not doing too bad. Just filled an officer position, and processing a couple more to be hired.

                              Overtime is scrutinized a little more, but late calls/arrests still go to the officer assigned the call -they are not dumped on the next shift.

                              Out of town training has been all but cancelled. Some "major" purchases have been pushed back a little. (Instead of replacing the marine patrol boat, they are just replacing the engines. Decided not to replace SWAT truck this year.)

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                              • #30
                                Hurt us bad. County wanted us to cut our budget my 50million. Creative shuffling of people led to:

                                1) DUI unit,,bye bye
                                2) STEP unit,,bye bye
                                3) Civil unit,,no more leo,,staffed by turn keys
                                4) Fugitive unit,,same as above
                                5) New hires that were here,,bye bye
                                6) Lots of civilian staff,,gone
                                7) All overtime taken away,,,flex time only
                                8) Took 3 paid holidays away: MLK, Good Friday, and Veterans day

                                Morale is in the tank, it's rough here right now. Recently as last week they just gave us back Veterans day and 8hrs comp per pay period.

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