|SMPD take note.|
Some people are happy about this and see it as the first in a series of steps that will save Sierra Madre lot of money while significantly improving public safety services in town. Others have taken it as a personal affront to their rather costly specialness, and are in a bit of a huff. Hopefully they can get past themselves and come to realize that the benefits far outweigh any of the erroneous drawbacks they like to cite.
It must be noted here that the depletion of the Sierra Madre Police Department was caused by officers voluntarily resigning and leaving under their own volition. Nobody made them do it. This despite the special relationship some in town claim to have with the SMPD. Apparently that affair has been a one-sided one, and for many members of the police department the opportunity to make a little more dough elsewhere was enough to shatter those mythical bonds. At least for them.
Susan Henderson gets it wrong, probably on purpose
The poor old thing just can't help herself. The erroneous claim that the Sheriffs will be run out of Temple City, which is contradicted in the City Manager's Report we've cited above, is repeated in this week's Mountain Views News. There is also the canard that the SMPD station will be closed at night. Again, complete nonsense. Here is how that little egg was laid in this city's official newspaper:
All Harriet Susan Poole-Carter-Henderson had to do was read the City Manager's Report. Or call City Hall for a verification. The Police Station will be open 24/7. Then there is this slab of overheated baloney:
The falsehood that has been whispered into the ears of this city's more gullible residents is that the Sheriffs would - in an emergency - need to be contacted at their Temple City station, and only then would a car be sent to Sierra Madre. Meaning response times would be far longer than they are now. Which is a complete falsehood. The SMPD station will remain open all through the night, Sierra Madre dispatchers will be handling calls, and Sheriff patrols will be on the streets of this town all night long.
As far as reprieves go, how about the financial one Sierra Madre would receive by contracting with the Sheriff's Department on a permanent basis? Wouldn't that free up a lot of money to do things like repair the Water Department's badly neglected infrastructure and keep the lights on at the Library?
Just because a paper is adjudicated does not give its publisher a license to invent mistruths. The people of Sierra Madre deserve more than the cop union propaganda they received this week in the Mountain Views News.
Sadly, done in exchange for the tax dollars that help keep Henderson-Poole-Carter's fish rapper afloat.