Saturday, May 10, 2014


In these days of small budgets and few if any raises, how do you keep your officers motivated to go out and do a good job?  How do you deal with budget cuts and lay offs?  First thing is remember a police department is not the building it's the officers.  It's not the cars or the guns, it's the people. 

Take care of your people as best as you can.  Laying off an officer is the last resort after all other remedies have been tried.  Cut benefits, cut paid time off, cut retirement, cut equipment purchases.  You officers came to you for work and I think you have a moral obligation to try and keep them employed. 

If you have to cut jobs, then work with the officers and with local agencies to try and get them a lateral transfer so they can stay employed.  It will help that officer and let those who remain know that you care about their well being.  It's the least you can do; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

Reduce Command staff. A few less Sgts and Lts can equal many more officers. Use FTOs and senior or "lead" officers to reduce supervisor's work load. Also crack down on overtime. It's always cheaper to cover a shift with motivated officers than to pay overtime to cover excess call offs.

Mike Creek said...

Excellent points.