Monday, July 28, 2014
So the town can afford to bring in a part time "climate communications specialist" at $48,000 per year to keep the KKK at bay, but we can't afford to hire a full time police officer at $41,500?
The Amherst Police Department has lost five sworn position (patrol officers) since 2007 when they were at 52. Today they are at 47 sworn positions, compared to Umass police department with 62 sworn officers. And UMPD starting pay for a sworn officer -- $45,813 -- is a tad better. Differences worth swearing about!
Town Manager Musante stated in his "Long Term Staffing Plans Recommendations":
Of course what the Town Manager fails to mention is APD is losing a "crime analyst" position after two years of state grant funding. And part of her job assignment was to provide police administration with facts and figures that would lead to "problem-oriented policing with sector-based assignments."
To make matters worse, a 2-year-old federal grant that funded a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault investigator will not be renewed at previous funding levels, so the officer (Detective Lopez) will be reabsorbed back into routine police duties.
The new officer hired to backfill her position over the past two years will not be laid off, but after the next retirement or resignation the position will not be filled.
Sounds complicated, but the net result is APD loses yet another sworn position.
So even if the Regional Dispatch saves enough money next year to hire 1 sworn police officer, that simply brings us back to where we are today.
Which is w-a-y too low.