Lauderhill police to vote on city's f...

Lauderhill police to vote on city's final pay raise offer -- So...

There are 159 comments on the SouthFlorida.com story from Jul 23, 2007, titled Lauderhill police to vote on city's final pay raise offer -- So.... In it, SouthFlorida.com reports that:

Lauderhill police are demanding bigger paychecks, but city officials say their timing is bad.

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POOR COPS

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#1 Jul 23, 2007
I dont work for Lauderhill PD, but know dozens of their officers. They have come such a long way since they first started almost 15 years ago. Their officers are among the hardest workers in the county and never complain about their rough working conditions. So many of them refuse to work elsewhere because they are loyal to their city who in turn screws them.

Lauderhill, I feel for you and would hate to see you guys leave to other agencies. I really enjoy working with u guys and can honestly say that I sometimes trust you guys with my safety then my own crew.

Hang in there.....
Get what you pay for

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#2 Jul 23, 2007
The city is about revitalization and that starts with public safety - police and fire. Without safety you can build all the parks and beautify all you want but it will be for nothing if the citizens can't enjoy it for fear they will be robbed. Pay these men and women what they deserve and quit crying about tax reform - be fiscally responsible with the safety of your citizens!
lauderhill resident

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#3 Jul 23, 2007
great, next we'll have crappy BSO back since Lauderhill cops will probably leave. I live in the middle of the city and am extremely happy with the city police department. They are professional and are always driving trhough my neighborhood.

I have had the chance to meet a few of the officers in my neighborhood and was surprised to see them walking around rather then drive in their air-conditioned cars. They actually care about cleaning this city up.

I just hope they dont go on strike. Lauderhill is still a mess, but trust me....its nowhere like it used to be. The only ones that can take that credit are our cops. Keep it up officers
GHETTO

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#4 Jul 23, 2007
PAY THE COPS FOR FREAK SAKE THEY ONLY RISK THEIR LIVES EVERYDAY FOR STRANGERS.

STUPID MAYOR
forget about it

Jupiter, FL

#5 Jul 23, 2007
GIVE THE OFFICERS A RAISE. THEY RISK THEIR LIVES EVERYDAY FOR US.
Former JaHill Resident

Euless, TX

#6 Jul 23, 2007
Should have stayed with BSO since way back when. The lh pd has been a mess all these years. Ever since Chief Mikey was hired (that was a classic) and that idiot lieberman was mayor.

Feel sorry for anyone living in da hill.
Dear Resident

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#7 Jul 23, 2007
lauderhill resident wrote:
great, next we'll have crappy BSO back since Lauderhill cops will probably leave. I live in the middle of the city and am extremely happy with the city police department. They are professional and are always driving trhough my neighborhood.
I have had the chance to meet a few of the officers in my neighborhood and was surprised to see them walking around rather then drive in their air-conditioned cars. They actually care about cleaning this city up.
I just hope they dont go on strike. Lauderhill is still a mess, but trust me....its nowhere like it used to be. The only ones that can take that credit are our cops. Keep it up officers
You live in the HOOD be happy u have some police then none.When BSO was there it was a different life style there were alot of decent residents living there and now just look around.itS SIMPLE TO SEE.Good luck to ya enjoy the GETTO
sheriff lobo

Spartanburg, SC

#9 Jul 23, 2007
when b.s.o. had it, they went the cheap way , 4 or 5 deputies a shift when..twice that many were
needed...now they have their own agency and giving the employee's
grief...with pay and benifit issues.

hope a compromise is near , otherwise
you'll have a revolving door of 19 yr old officers living at home with mom and dad
Neighboring LEO

Hollywood, FL

#10 Jul 23, 2007
Keep at it guys. Being one of the lowest paid in South FL and obviously the hardest worked is a joke. You guys should be compensated more than any other agency in this county. The crap you guys have to deal with is unthinkable to the average cop.

Wish you guys the best and hope you get this resolved. If the city doesn't care, officers will leave. Then the city will have to care. You think the crime is bad now, wait till officers start leaving.
Resident

United States

#11 Jul 23, 2007
Lauderhill PD are really great officers. What they don't get is what the city can afford. "Pay it from the reserve." Well when that is gone in a year, what do you pay them with next year. "Don't care where the city gets the money, just pay them what they want, 18% increase." That's not fiscally within their ability and just plain greedy.

Any Officers, if you can't accept the pay, then you should look elsewhere. But I wouldn't suggest looking in Florida, cause everyone has the same exact problem. Yes, you can get a job, but I think that you still will not be happy.

What probably will happen is that they will go to impasse, and the city will only give them CPI. What else do they have. They don't have the money. Otherwise, to pay them more probably means a lot of other people lose their jobs. But it should be good entertainment to watch.

It looks like the Fire and Police both had good contracts. The Fire agreed to theirs (smart), and the Police wanted more (dumb). Then this tax relief hit, and the money wasn't there. Their police union made a huge mistake. It's their fault. The city would have been stuck, but that would have been another story. I'm glad the city isn't stuck.
Ofc

Hobe Sound, FL

#12 Jul 23, 2007
I have had the chance to meet and work with many Lauderhill Police officers. In my opinion they are the hardest working officers in the area. By area I mean Coral Springs, Plantation, Sunrise and the surrounding BSO Districts. I would like to see the Mayor and his staff walk down NW 56 Ave. from West Oakland Park Blvd. to West Sunrise Blvd. at about 3am. Try that and then determine if the current offer is fair. The City will come around if they are smart.
oke

New Orleans, LA

#13 Jul 23, 2007
Citizens of Lauderhill, force your commissioners to pay your Police Officers. Those of us who work for fort lauderdale have passed the point of no return, our citizens, and the city govt. hate us, and we hate them, we already know we will get nothing. All of us are looking for other agencies to work for. Crime is going out of control in Fort Lauderdale. We no longer care, it's tough to try to be loyal when those you protect keep kicking you, so most of us in fort Lauderdale truly don't care anymore, and unfortunately it makes the city a very dangerous place to live, you don't want that, you guys have great officers out in Lauderhill, remember they work hard protecting you and risk their lives everyday for you, treat them fair and they will always be loyal.
Sheriff Jenne

Pompano Beach, FL

#14 Jul 23, 2007
If yopu dislike LHPD....come to the dark side
leave

Spartanburg, SC

#15 Jul 23, 2007
when the officers decide to leave they should all leave at the same time. that would be a nice wake up call for the city. there are other departments that have room for them and they would not be working in such a toilet for crap pay.
The Kooch

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#16 Jul 23, 2007
Typical FOP/PBA/IAFF/AFL-CIO crap. Everyone is tightening their belts, and the union is grandstanding, using the public as its tool. "John Puleo, a state Fraternal Order of Police representative who is helping Lauderhill police," doesn't work there or live there, so how can he make outrageous claims about burning through the reserves to give the cops bigger raises than any other municipal or county (non-cop or firefighter) employee is going to see for the next 20 years. Lauderhill is a ghetto, and those reserves will be necessary when the next hurricane comes through and blows down shantytown. F them if $7000 a year isn't enough.
JOJO

Vienna, VA

#17 Jul 23, 2007
Cops are overglorified mall security guards with an over blown sense of entitlement.
james

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#18 Jul 23, 2007
Cry, cry, cry, if you are unhappy with your salaries go to another City! Don't blame the administration blame the legislatures who forced the budget roll backs!
road toad

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#19 Jul 23, 2007
JOJO wrote:
Cops are overglorified mall security guards with an over blown sense of entitlement.
If you had the intestinal fortitude and intelligence to become a cop, and actually give, rather than take from society, then your perspective would completely change. Cops face far more [on a continual basis] than your concept of 'overglorified mall security guards' and no, there is no overblown sense of entitlement when you risk your very life and breath in the dangers faced for for thankless citizens.
Davie Resident

United States

#20 Jul 23, 2007
Wow. Lauderhill is a dump, and police officers definitely work for their money in that city (constant shootings, stabbings, robberies, etc.). I say pay them whatever they are asking for. If you don't, watch what type of exodus you have with officers going to other agencies. Sure, you will get new people to apply (19 year olds and unqualified applicants), and once they finish the academy and get a little bit of experience (1 or 2 years) they will bail to higher paying cities. Don't be stupid Lauderhill. Look at the big picture.
Davie Resident

United States

#21 Jul 23, 2007
The Kooch wrote:
Typical FOP/PBA/IAFF/AFL-CIO crap. Everyone is tightening their belts, and the union is grandstanding, using the public as its tool. "John Puleo, a state Fraternal Order of Police representative who is helping Lauderhill police," doesn't work there or live there, so how can he make outrageous claims about burning through the reserves to give the cops bigger raises than any other municipal or county (non-cop or firefighter) employee is going to see for the next 20 years. Lauderhill is a ghetto, and those reserves will be necessary when the next hurricane comes through and blows down shantytown. F them if $7000 a year isn't enough.
Educate yourself. If a "hurricane comes through and blows down the shantytown" as you put it, the federal government will pick up all the costs. The $7000.00 is most likely over 3 years as this is the normal contract length, not "a year" like you wrote. Nice try to mislead people about the facts.

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