Saltville police to begin 24-hour pat...

Saltville police to begin 24-hour patrols

There are 29 comments on the Smyth County News story from Nov 11, 2011, titled Saltville police to begin 24-hour patrols. In it, Smyth County News reports that:

Saltville Police Department will institute 24-hour patrols by officers Dec. 1 following a vote by the town's council Wednesday.

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Yeah

Richlands, VA

#1 Nov 11, 2011
Seems like in Saltville your damned if you do and damned if you dont. Now that the town is going to have 24 hour police patrol citizens will start saying "well they aint doing there job at night just sitting around playing games, wheres our tax money going to?" Just watch and see.
soooowhat

Marion, VA

#2 Nov 11, 2011
Yeah wrote:
Seems like in Saltville your damned if you do and damned if you dont. Now that the town is going to have 24 hour police patrol citizens will start saying "well they aint doing there job at night just sitting around playing games, wheres our tax money going to?" Just watch and see.
yeah well at least there will be someone out. should have always been 24hr patrols. what was the new hopefully soon to be ex chief thinking! so who cares at least we wont have to wait all night for the police if we need them!
Anonymous

Washington, DC

#3 Nov 12, 2011
I mean as soooo what said "wasted" taxes. But also more people are stealing/ breaking into houses and buildings. So it could put an end to that and more people would feel "SAFE"
whattha

Hermitage, TN

#4 Nov 14, 2011
Anonymous wrote:
I mean as soooo what said "wasted" taxes. But also more people are stealing/ breaking into houses and buildings. So it could put an end to that and more people would feel "SAFE"
They were doing that when they had police on duty, nothing has changed. Just don't wake them up, let them sleep on through the graveyard shift.
yeahwell

United States

#5 Nov 14, 2011
i agree should have always had 24hr patrol. we pay taxes for it. how about a refund on some tax money the town has robbed us of without 24hr patrol. we should go and ask to see how many nights we dont have no police and demand to know why and where our money went. im sure to pad the chiefs pocket. he is way over paid! for doing nothing and i mean nothing.
anyways

Marion, VA

#6 Nov 20, 2011
yeahwell wrote:
i agree should have always had 24hr patrol. we pay taxes for it. how about a refund on some tax money the town has robbed us of without 24hr patrol. we should go and ask to see how many nights we dont have no police and demand to know why and where our money went. im sure to pad the chiefs pocket. he is way over paid! for doing nothing and i mean nothing.
yes there should have always been 24hr patrol. What was this chief thinking! Oust him already. What is the matter with the town?
get real

La Plata, MD

#7 Nov 21, 2011
Have they hired anymore offficers yet.
Saltville

Abingdon, VA

#8 Nov 22, 2011
No they have not. The problem is they are only hiring people who are already certified police officers. This means they have already paid around 4200 dollars to put themselves through the academy and the saltville pd only pays 23,000 to 25,000 a year which isn't a lot compared to other departments. They could hire someone who is not certified and then pay for them to go to the academy. They don't want to do that because they would have to pay the officers salary while he or she is in the academy. They would be short handed for longer if they decided going this route but only hiring already certified officers is going to be hard in a department that pays so little, so it may be their only choice. It is pretty common practice for a department to hire an uncertified officer, conduct field training, then send them through the academy. If saltville dosen't do this as well I think they will either end up with a certified officer that no one else wants or no officers at all. They will not attract any quality applicants with their bad reputation, and low pay when they won't even offer to put an uncertified officer through the academy. They should hire an educated, physically fit uncertified officer or 2, put them through the academy, and make them sign a 3 year contract guaranteeing they will stay with the department for atleast 3 years so they get their money back for putting them through the academy.
interesting

Paducah, KY

#9 Dec 9, 2011
Hell - let's just give everyone a gun - lol

Are you serious??? Hire officers without some sort of training - really? They evidently are not screened enough now since 99% of officers in the area are busted themselves!

If the cost of their course is 4200.00 then they are not getting much. One semester in college is about 5,000 in most areas. What should someone with no education make???

The average cost of college for nurses and teachers is about 60,000 for a 4 year degree (not counting the 1 year of pre-core classes) and they make about 45,000 a year

So let see - no real training = about $15 an hour
compared to 5 years college =$20-$25

There is a shortage in doctors and nurses also - think that they should hire joe blow off the street to do your surgery?

Really sometimes we should think before we speak - being an officer, although does not require too much thinking and some aggressiveness, do need some education as to when they can and cannot fire and at least a review of some legal aspects for their actions.

What you are suggesting is to take high school graduates and employ them as officers - and then send them to the academy later - OMG - just turn them lose with a gun and no knowledge of rules and procedures - WOW - I do not want to live in this town when that happens - lmao
i heard

Nashville, TN

#10 Dec 10, 2011
get real wrote:
Have they hired anymore offficers yet.
I heard the one they recently hired is a real winner,,, hes so full of sh!t that he actually expects people to believe the b/s stories that he tells them,,, it shouldnt be long until the new chief figures him out. then they will be hiring again..
wwhat

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Dec 14, 2011
well he thought the aux police officers could do police work, he is crazy. look it up they cant do anything. if one of the aux officer gave you a ticket go to court you will win. the aux acording to VA code can only do duties they are trained in. not sworn in. This chief knows nothing about police work or any work for that matter. The chief is a Con Artist.
The town wised up and got rid of the aux police now just wise up and get rid of chief!
One who Knows

Johnson City, TN

#12 Dec 14, 2011
The word is they must not be doing there job in Saltville. Cause last night someone said Brickey pulled a person over in Glade Spring on Forst Hill Drive. Now to me that is way out of Saltville. Said he was on the trail and saw someone driving strange. He has no business in Glade Spring. If he is on the trail then that is where he needs to stay. That boy has a big problem.
werocksoul

Radford, VA

#13 Dec 14, 2011
wwhat wrote:
well he thought the aux police officers could do police work, he is crazy. look it up they cant do anything. if one of the aux officer gave you a ticket go to court you will win. the aux acording to VA code can only do duties they are trained in. not sworn in. This chief knows nothing about police work or any work for that matter. The chief is a Con Artist.
The town wised up and got rid of the aux police now just wise up and get rid of chief!
Here you go again talking about something you know NOTHING about. I find it funny that you are the one posting and re-posting. It just bugs you to death that you're not working for the SPD. Hahahaha Stay off the blogs your ignorance is glaring..........
One who knows

Johnson City, TN

#14 Dec 15, 2011
werocksoul wrote:
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Here you go again talking about something you know NOTHING about. I find it funny that you are the one posting and re-posting. It just bugs you to death that you're not working for the SPD. Hahahaha Stay off the blogs your ignorance is glaring..........
Ignorance has been glaring there for years. Who would want to work for the SPD? They have been a joke for years and it will never change. Brickey is a joke. Someone needs to get rid of him he is alot of the towns trouble. They got rid of one bad egg now the rotten one needs to go.
Used2bprettykool

Paducah, KY

#15 Dec 16, 2011
i've lived in saltville my whole life, im 34 years old and when i was a teenager we had some awesome cops!!! dont get it twisted i do not like pigs, five o, wanna b cops, whatever u wanna call them, but from the age of 15-18, we had a blast, thats when big rolen and johnny red worked for spd, my friends and i would b so wasted and they would just ride up and talk to us...the county cops used to b ok also when i was about 21, sh** they used to party with us, i got so much dirt on them lol!!
But the party ended when THEY got into a little bit of trouble, they had to CRACK DOWN then, hell half of them have already lost their jobs and the ones who havent, and you know who u are...are still doing the same shit but coming down hard on everyone else!! Yall really liked it when you got to bust my door down at 2 in the morning, standing there holding your guns on me and just a few years before that most of you were partying with me and my friends, goin to the clubs...ha ha yall couldnt even look me in my face...SPD YALL NOTHING BUT A BUNCH OF BROKE DOWN PUNKS!!!!!
Anonymous

ParaƱaque, Philippines

#16 Dec 22, 2011
Saltville wrote:
No they have not. The problem is they are only hiring people who are already certified police officers. This means they have already paid around 4200 dollars to put themselves through the academy and the saltville pd only pays 23,000 to 25,000 a year which isn't a lot compared to other departments. They could hire someone who is not certified and then pay for them to go to the academy. They don't want to do that because they would have to pay the officers salary while he or she is in the academy. They would be short handed for longer if they decided going this route but only hiring already certified officers is going to be hard in a department that pays so little, so it may be their only choice. It is pretty common practice for a department to hire an uncertified officer, conduct field training, then send them through the academy. If saltville dosen't do this as well I think they will either end up with a certified officer that no one else wants or no officers at all. They will not attract any quality applicants with their bad reputation, and low pay when they won't even offer to put an uncertified officer through the academy. They should hire an educated, physically fit uncertified officer or 2, put them through the academy, and make them sign a 3 year contract guaranteeing they will stay with the department for atleast 3 years so they get their money back for putting them through the academy.
Absolutely correct! In most periods in recent Virginia history, it has not really been possible for a person to "put themselves through the police academy" although some have done it. Most need a sponsoring agency even if they pay their own way, which is how I did it. All the rest have worked for someone else, and most often, when you "save the salary" for sending a new recruit to the academy, what you are getting is someone who has had problems at one or more other agencies. It's false economy. Much better to get a good applicant, put them in an enforceable 2 or 3 year contract, and wait for them to finish. Many young people looking to break into law enforcement would find 2-3 years in a small town a good way to do this.
getalife

Marion, VA

#17 Dec 23, 2011
WEROCKSOUL you are as bright as a burnt out light bulb. Sounds to me you are the one who talks about what he knows nothing about.
lmao

Hermitage, TN

#18 Dec 24, 2011
OldFuzz wrote:
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Absolutely correct! In most periods in recent Virginia history, it has not really been possible for a person to "put themselves through the police academy" although some have done it. Most need a sponsoring agency even if they pay their own way, which is how I did it. All the rest have worked for someone else, and most often, when you "save the salary" for sending a new recruit to the academy, what you are getting is someone who has had problems at one or more other agencies. It's false economy. Much better to get a good applicant, put them in an enforceable 2 or 3 year contract, and wait for them to finish. Many young people looking to break into law enforcement would find 2-3 years in a small town a good way to do this.
first of all i think that a person should start out from zero and go through the hiring procedures,background checks and so on,, alot of these departments are getting these mamas boys who are afraid of their own shadows who have paid their way through an academy, not all the pre employment students are like them but a majority are,,,thats why the officers who have earned their positions call these people SCABS,,a long time ago when the pre-employment academy started the old school officers predicted law enforcement to be the way it is today. and as far as a enforceable contract??? in virginia you can make a person sign a contract as a condition of employment it is an at will state and when people do sign these contracts they arent valid, because of the virginia at will statue.. i would have expected you not to know that since you went to the pre paid certification class and they dont teach everything one needs to know about being a law enforcement officer...
lmao

Hermitage, TN

#19 Dec 24, 2011
that should have said you CANT make a person sign a contract as a condition of employment,,, lol sorry mama didnt pay my way through high school either!!!!
funny

Hermitage, TN

#20 Dec 26, 2011
lmao wrote:
<quoted text>first of all i think that a person should start out from zero and go through the hiring procedures,background checks and so on,, alot of these departments are getting these mamas boys who are afraid of their own shadows who have paid their way through an academy, not all the pre employment students are like them but a majority are,,,thats why the officers who have earned their positions call these people SCABS,,a long time ago when the pre-employment academy started the old school officers predicted law enforcement to be the way it is today. and as far as a enforceable contract??? in virginia you can make a person sign a contract as a condition of employment it is an at will state and when people do sign these contracts they arent valid, because of the virginia at will statue.. i would have expected you not to know that since you went to the pre paid certification class and they dont teach everything one needs to know about being a law enforcement officer...
yeah i agree with you,,, you get these scabs in there and all they are interested in is making a name for themselves and when they are needed they want to hide or tuck tail,, but hey as long as society keeps accepting this then this is how it will be,, my opinion is due away with the pre paid certification class at the police academy,, a law enforcement job should not be for sale

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