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Brunswick, GA

Bwk Police Furloughs

@ Honestly: Well first the dept needs to listen to the officers when they tell them why moral is down. The dept asks why but when the officers make some suggestions its like in one ear out the other. Second the city commissioners need to meet and "really" look at home much they pay these guys. I mean come on would you RISK your life for what they make $30,000-35,000? How would you like to go to work everyday not knowing whether you will return home to your family for that crappy pay? I realize we all are in that position, any of us could get in a car wreck and never return home but the police officers stand a MUCH GREATER chance of not coming home to their family because of a thief, crack addict, prostitute or a high speed chase, etc. Maybe you feel the police are incompetent because you or your family has been robbed or carjacked. You should go to the commission meetings and complain about it, after all they decide how many officers are allowed on the street, how much they get paid, and are in control if their moral is down. I know I would never put on that uniform for that pay! Have you ever researched what teachers, librarians and gym teachers make in Glynn County? It would make you sick to your stomach! We pay some librarians $80,000-90,000yr. To do what check in books? Gossip? I saw a gym teacher's salary over $100,000, but we can only pay officers $30,000. That is exactly why all the "good" officers leave! Wouldnt you? Why would you want to stay somewhere where you are not appreciated and no one ever listens to what you have to say. It's just absolutely crazy to furlough officers especially when crime is up!  (Oct 7, 2009 | post #6)

Brunswick, GA

Bwk Police Furloughs

Well they were going to merge but they never did. The City officers still work with the county officers in the narcotics division. I have always wondered how the City Commissioners came up with that salary for police officers. I know they wouldn't dare put on that uniform, drive into the bad areas, deal with prostitutes, crack addicts, murderers, people with aids, dope boys, domestic violence calls and they get cursed at daily for that salary!! It is ridiculous! Be glad you left when you did. I find their furloughs to be extremely UNFAIR! Their furloughs arent because of the economy, its due to piss poor management, BUT, who is affected because of that, ALL OF THE OFFICERS OUT THERE ACTUALLY DOING THE WORK WHICH BRINGS THE $$ IN. I can see you are familiar with the bad management and the UNFAIR salary. The dept always wants to know why "moral" is down and "why" are so many people quitting??? Are you kidding me!!! Well, why would any officer want to work for the police dept that pays the least, thats just self explanatory. Why would any officer want to work for the dept that never wants to back the officer that did everything "by the book"?? Glynn County is not having a problem with furloughs. I wonder what will happen if a riot breaks out in the city and they cant get in contact with the "furloughed " officers? Bwk will get laughed at something fierce! I wish they would go ahead and MERGE, so all the officers could work under better management, NOT THE GUY WITH ALL THE FORECLOSED HOMES!!!!!!!!!!!!! OR THE CITY CHIEF AND THAT CITY COMMISSIONER THAT BOUNCE CHECKS! What an example  (Oct 2, 2009 | post #3)

Brunswick, GA

Bwk Police Furloughs

I am truly concerned for the citizens that reside in the city of Bwk and the City Police officers. I dont understand why they are furloughing officers but yet they are still hiring new officers as a position comes open. Why are they worried about filling open positions when they are having trouble paying for the officers that they have now? Why aren't they laying off the NEW training officers? And WHY ARE THE FURLOUGHS ONLY FOR CERTAIN DIVISIONS WHEN THEY ARE ALL GETTING PAID FROM THE SAME CHECKBOOK? I'm wondering if the Chief is standing up for her officers? How wrong is that, to let your under paid officers get furloughed? If the funds aren't there then maybe we need to look at who is managing the money for the city! But thats just an idea! And why are there 5 supervisors to every 1 officer? Do they really need that many supervisors? AND WHY ARE THE OFFICERS BEING FORCED TO TAKE COMP. TIME(time off) FOR THE OVERTIME HRS WORKED? How unfair is that? I didnt realize that comp time could pay the bills. So not only are the underpaid officers getting furloughed, but they are being forced to take comp time rather than overtime and the CITY is still hiring people!!!!!! Have they lost their mind? The city officers have not had a cost of living raise in 2yrs!!! Everything has gone up, but the CITY COMMISSIONERS choose not to give the offers a raise for the past 2 yrs, furlough them and comp time in exchange for OT! I wonder if thats legal? Can you force an employee to take comp time for OT hrs? Sounds like a good question for the Dept of Labor board! Oh yeah, in case anyone didn't know this, the City of Bwk Police Chief is against chases in the city! So with that being known, if you get pulled over in the City of Bwk and you choose to drive off, the CITY police officers can't chase you, its against their policy!! How stupid is that? Run criminal run!! She is a joke and does not make wise decisions for her citizens or her officers! And how can she live in the county and be the City Police Chief? After all you have to reside in the city to have your voice heard at a commission meeting. Her own City officers can't attend and be heard by the commissioners UNLESS they live in the city BUT she doesnt live in the city and can be Chief and be heard! Thats unfair to the officers! They need to be heard by someone especially if they feel their supervisors are not looking out for their best interests!  (Sep 27, 2009 | post #1)