Tuesday, August 4, 2009
And another, and another and another
"Officer down!" is perhaps the most chilling dispatch fellow officers can hear crackling over their radio or cell phone. In Amherst, the town force is now down another three officers as a Federal grant failed to materialize that would have paid salaries and benefits for three officers over three years.
Now this is not three additional officers to our beleaguered force; it would simply have maintained three officers in a roster already downsized by two last year.
Town Meeting approved a Public Safety budget with funding for the three officers contingent on the grant. This way Town Meeting washed their hands of the cuts and can now point the finger at the Feds.
Good game bureaucrats big-and-small seem to excel at: cover your ass, find somebody else to blame.