Batts said the 80 officers slated to be laid off – mostly new officers – are “pretty sad and pretty depressed,” and those feelings are shared by the Police Department as a whole.
Sadly during the coming economic depression we’ll be seeing more and more of our men in blue being laid off to find other work (if they can find it). With 46 states nearing bankruptcy, it’s no wonder cities and states are looking to save money by resorting to laying off the people that keep “law and order” in these communities.
It is a sign of how bad things are going to be getting in the United States and around the world. California is definitely the canary in the coalmine of the US economy as we’re seeing with Gov. Schwarzenegger’s enactment of reducing wages for public sector workers. Detroit has cut most of its police force in the past 5 years and other states (Illinois, and many more too many to list) are following suit. Is America becoming a third world nation? Indeed, the scene playing out in the former engine of democracy is eerily turning into a bad Robocop movie.
Suffer These Crimes in Oakland? Don’t Call the Cops
Tue, Jul 13, 2010 NBC Bay Area News
Oakland’s police chief is making some dire claims about what his force will and will not respond to if planned layoffs happen tonight at midnight.
Chief Anthony Batts listed exactly 44 situations that his officers no longer respond to and they include grand theft, burglary, vehicle collision, identity theft and vandalism. He says if you live and Oakland and one of the above happens to you, you need to let police know on-line.
Here’s a partial list:
* grand theft
* grand theft:dog
* identity theft
* false information to peace officer
* required to register as sex or arson offender
* dump waste or offensive matter
* discard appliance with lock
* loud music
* possess forged notes
* pass fictitious check
* obtain money by false voucher
* fraudulent use of access cards
* stolen license plate
* embezzlement by an employee (over $ 400)
* attempted extortion
* false personification of other
* injure telephone/ power line
* interfere with power line
* unauthorized cable tv connection
* administer/expose poison to another’s
Batts has only been chief since last October. “I came here to build an organization, not to downsize one,” Batts said.
Some 80 officers will be let go at midnight if a last-minute deal is not reached. Negotiations are going on at Oakland City Hall today in the mayor’s office. That is about a tenth of the force.