City police department will be audited City to conduct new resident survey
There are 19 comments on the ThisWeek Community Newspapers story from Jan 26, 2011, titled City police department will be audited City to conduct new resident survey. In it, ThisWeek Community Newspapers reports that:Pickerington will enlist a state agency to audit the city's police department to identify options for enhancing operations, as well as determining appropriate funding.
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#1 Jan 26, 2011
Maybe the people would give the city more money for more officers if they didn't see money being wasted. I don't think it comes across favorably when the police chief drives around in a very expensive vehicle.
There are safety issues. The officers are spread thin and crime rates are going up. Pickerington NEEDS more officers. Instead of spending for more cars at this point give each officer a partner. Double up in a cruiser. Many calls require two officers for saftey reasons. This would save on fuel and vehicle costs.
The city could save a lot of taxpayer's money by having the volunteer council members drop their insurance coverage. Many of them have other jobs and could get insurance through their employers. Why are taxpayers footing the bill?
Put a frugal minded person in a position to help the city cut costs and you will see great changes!
#2 Jan 26, 2011
It doesn't help to be negative about any of it. "seriously" you have some really good ideas but cutting things down doesn't help anyone. I am married to one of the officers and would love to see more officers on the road. People don't realize it is a huge issue. There are not enough officers.
I have no idea about the council members but if what you say is true then someone needs ro look into that. Maybe that is their incentive to being a member.
If a levy isn't passed it puts the community at risk. If Lancaster would ask for money for the pd or fd I would vote yes without hesitation. I want my family to be safe and there is no price you can put on that.
#3 Jan 27, 2011
Just to clarify, the Chief's "very expensive vehicle" is a result of teamwork in this county and was seized during a drug raid.
Mr. Fix, please don't contract out our police services to your Republican Comrade Sheriff Phalen. Please put our safety ahead of your politics.
#4 Jan 27, 2011
Then I stand corrected and apologize if I am mistaken about the chief's vehicle. People don't know this and it is the way it appears. Sad but true. I have heard several people make these comments. Maybe having a window decal, letting people know it was a sized vehicle, would be a great way to show how hard the officers work.
More officers are needed and that is where the focus needs to be. It seems a lot of places are suffering because people don't want to put their money to good use. If you call the police in Lancaster for non life threatening things you could be waiting a long while before anyone can respond. It is sad but it seems the guys are spread thin. Not only does that put the officers at risk it puts the community at risk. I don't understand why people won't pass the levies for police or fire.
#5 Jan 27, 2011
"According to city officials, the $24,500 audit will examine the efficiency and effectiveness of operations within the department, which accounts for the city's largest budget expense."
$24,500 is someones job. The Mayor and Council keep spending dollars to have someone else to do their jobs.
This project is just a way for them to justify spending even more dollars to hire another officer. Every police department is understaffed. You don't need to spend someone's job dollars (tax dollars) to get this proof.
Just go ahead and hire the officer the Mayor promissed the Chief for being the Iterim Manager and the Mayor's puppet.
By the way....ever notice that Chief's vehicle has a child seat in the back. That was to pick up his kid. I see him at the day care with the "CITY" vehicle. What happens if his kid is in the "CITY" vehicle and the Chief gets a call concerning a bank holdup(with gun)? He can't respond if junior is in the back seat. That could be someone's life at stake in the bank. Will the audit mention and correct anything about improper use of city vehicle?
#6 Jan 27, 2011
See. Told you Fix would push the Chief and the entire PD in front of the train.
Outsourcing the city will happen. PD First.
Probably Columbus will be plowing our streets since they do such a good job on theirs.
#7 Jan 27, 2011
FTP you are right on about it all. Very well said!
You are right that they don't need another audit if someone would do their job an overlook spending. Most bright people could go in and show them where they could stop wasting money and I am sure lots of it.
If they would get new leadership, less lawsuits and more officers things might run a lot more efficient!
#8 Jan 27, 2011
The PD has some wonderful people working there just a few that bring it down. There shouldn't be a reason the leadership gives the community to be thrown in front of the train. The city NEEDS it's own PD. Things are getting worse and it isn't something that the sheriffs department can handle. They are under staffed too.
Pickerington does a wonderful job plowing.
#9 Jan 27, 2011
"See. Told you Fix would push the Chief and the entire PD in front of the train.
Outsourcing the city will happen. PD First.
Probably Columbus will be plowing our streets since they do such a good job on theirs."
When the Mayor's buddies can not avoid the facts in a statement they blame Fix.
Their idea of a written form of DODGEBALL.
Sorry Mayor you and your gang can not avoid the truth when it hits you. You can not dodge the ball (votes) that take you out in November.
#10 Jan 27, 2011
No doubt the audit will show the PPD needs additional officers - I will not argue this point and agree that more officers are needed.
The problem lies with the budget - there is no extra money. Council can survey and audit all they want but without additional revenues it is all a moot point.
The result of these studies will show Pickerington needs more money if they want to do anything other than just maintain the status quo. I would rather spend the time, effort, and money making the case for the tax increase to 2% for people working in Pickerington that live outside the city.
#11 Jan 27, 2011
Lou that sounds great but the people that live out of the city but work there are more concerned about their own police departments. The citizens NEED to be concerned. Not sure why they wouldn't want to put their money to use for their own safety. If my police or fire need an increase you can be sure I will open my wallet.
#12 Jan 27, 2011
Many citizens of Pickerington already did open their wallets... essentially at gun point to the City of Columbus when their tax increase was enacted. Pickerington residents, like many others that work in Columbus but live elsewhere did not get a say in the increase. But they have to pony open their dollars.
#13 Jan 27, 2011
So what is the truth that you're bantering on about?
#14 Jan 27, 2011
I guess that shows how flawed the system is.
#15 Jan 31, 2011
City Council minutes said........"Mr. Schornack stated we anticipated a $1.5 million carryover and we are about $500,000 higher than that assuming we receive the revenues and do not spend all the operations. "
So why doesn't the Mayor and Council hire the needed Police Officer and not waste TAX DOLLAR$ on a survey?????
AND hire back the employees they let go.
The Finance Director proved there is the money.
Get things back on track.
#16 Jan 31, 2011
I hate to break this to you, but the Mayor gets ZERO say in hiring back employees or cops. That is a council decision. As long as King Jeffy Fix is pulling the strings on council, they ain't hiring anyone.
#17 Jan 31, 2011
The only people that for levies are socialist parasites.
More Police? put a better lock on your doors. Buy a good gun and learn to use it.
#18 Feb 1, 2011
ODB said: "hate to break this to you, but the Mayor gets ZERO say in hiring back employees or cops. That is a council decision. As long as King Jeffy Fix is pulling the strings on council, they ain't hiring anyone."
Your are way off base......maybe even at the idiot level.
The Mayor is the Manager's boss (that should not be) and the Manager recommends what actions, concerning theses matters, based on the Finance Director's budget findings.
That statement by "Surprise" was not just commenting on the Police Dept.
It was stating that the City has the monies to just go ahead and hire the Police Officer we need........AND.....Could even hire back the employees the City let go.
The SURPISE is that the Finance Director "found" an EXTRA half million dollars that was not there before (just laying around?).
How was this overlooked up till now?
Odd that it was found AFTER the folks were let go.
Poor work skills by Finance Director or PLANNED?
FINANCE COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011
"Mr. Schornack stated we anticipated a $1.5 million carryover and we are about $500,000 higher than that"
Mayor, Admin. & Council need to bo better!!
#19 Feb 2, 2011
Mr. Burns are you serious??? There was a point that some idiot on city council thought they could do away with city police and rely on county. It would be a very sad day for the city of Pickerington if this were to happen. You must not get out much. You plan on keeping yourself locked in your house with a gun?
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