Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Save Money

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-california-budget22-2009jul22,0,1856950.story



The Los Angeles Times newspaper is reporting that the present California legislature wants to release 27,000 inmates this fiscal year. They want to save money, but I don't think that releasing tens of thousands of criminals on the people of the State of California is the best way to do that.

Agencies are looking for methods to save money. There are many ways to do that, without jeopardizing public safety. Keep your cars longer. A rebuilt police car is nearly as good as a new one and will last for years but is a third of the cost of a new one. Keep raises to no more than the rate of inflation. While we all like to make more money, most people in the private sector are paying more taxes and getting little or no raises. Public sector employees will have to tighten their belts too.

Insure officers are safe at work. Workers Compensation payments, work injuries, and early retirements are very expensive. Officers who lift carefully, have car seats that are in good repair, and wear body armor are less likely to get hurt. Make officers document use of force carefully, it is easier to defend lawsuits with proper documentation. There are plenty of ways to save money; that's what the SGT Says.

2 comments:

Protect_and_Serve said...

Many studies have shown that a criminal costs society much more outside of jail.

Bunkermeister said...

Very true, inside they are a fixed cost, outside they kill, rape, steal, and commit crimes nearly every day. Even minor car burglaries add up quickly when you do two or three a day.