Monday, June 6, 2016

We'll Find Out What's Up With The SMPD On June 14th


The above list of topics comes to us from the latest edition of the occasionally informative City Manager's report (link). What jumps out first, at least to me, are the 3 items dealing with Sierra Madre's pressing law enforcement issues.

Those observing this meeting will be introduced to some new SMPD recruits, freshly minted officers who have since taken on the moniker of "The Million Dollar Men." That being a rough estimate of the cost of resurrecting a police department that had somehow managed to famously lose half of its members.

Also on the list is an item going by the name of "Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Contract Extension." Can it be the Million Dollar Men are not quite as ready for duty as we'd been told? Have they actually graduated from the Police Academy yet? Did some get held back?

Since having the LASD patrol the cold hard streets of The 'Dre at night costs approximately $100,000 a month, none of this SMPD revival business is getting any cheaper.

Perhaps even more intriguing to those of us who have been following this story is the item titled "Sierra Madre Police Association Memorandum of Understanding."

Before April's election it had been the wildly unpopular contention of this blog that Measure UUT was only about the police. Rather than fixing things like infrastructure, as was claimed by some of this city's more veracity challenged political leadership, it really was nothing more than an effort to prop up the SMPD. Much of it through raises and benefit increases.

Apparently those young recruits not yet through the Police Academy deserve to make more than those officers that skedaddled.

Now that the election is past us I am going to assume we'll soon find out just how right The Tattler was about these matters. Nobody should be surprised.

There is more on the docket for the June 14 City Council meeting, of course. That "Vacant Houses" topic is a hot item newly added to the list. Click here for some insight on that one.

The last number listed above will also get a lot of attention. Perhaps the most. Titled "Group Living Facilities" (tip: they're talking about so-called "sober houses" here), this one has moved around a bit on the schedule. Hopefully it has now landed on a solid date.

My guess is Mayor Goss has been receiving some e-mail.

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26 comments:

  1. I hope they get some cute young recruits,a man in uniform so sexy.

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    1. you'd have to wonder why new recruits would opt for the SMPD, unless they aren't looking for a challenge,prestige, professionalism and instead looking for an easy paycheck, no career advancement and carpal tunnel from writing parking tickets

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    2. What I heard is we picked up the cost of their Police Academy education in exchange for an agreement to serve here for a certain number of years.

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    3. indentured servitude?

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  2. New badges, too!

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  4. Maybe defray costs with a nice beefcake calendar.

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  5. I hope the new recruits don't shoot any unarmed sleeping men in the back like our seasoned vets

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  6. I'm thinking SMPD will need LA Sheriff's Dept. to cover nights for at least 6 more months. Couldn't tell the voters that fact before the UUT passed.

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    1. Possibly because your thinking something does not make it a fact?

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    2. 9:03 are you naive enough to think the Tuesday agenda item will tell us that policing costs will be less? hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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    3. Imagine 9:03's disappointment.

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    4. The city told us it would be 4 months to a year. We are heading into month 5. Quit whining. We voted for all of this, including the police raise that will enable our force to get comparable pay.

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    5. 1 year times $100,000 = $1.2 million dollars, Mr, Einstein. The equivalent of life support for the comatose.

      Not worth the money. No way. Should have just hired the Sheriffs full-time and been done with it.

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    6. 72% of the voters disagree with you and want to spend the $$ on rebuilding the police dept.

      Majority stills rules in the good old USA.

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    7. Actually people voted for Measure UUT in order to do a lot of things. Repair water infrastructure, save Community Services, repair sidewalks, things like that. It is was they were told. And as you have now so thoughtfully confirmed, it was all a lie.

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  7. Was making SMPA president Delacort a Sgt. a part of this "understanding?"

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  8. I hope city hall rewrote the police contract so when we go to the SD we don't have to pay a big severance bonus. The management of this city is so unbelievable you could write this stuff for Saturday night live.

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    1. If there was going to be a decrease in public safety expenses because of this latest Police MOU, we would have heard all about it before the Apr election.

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  9. Lets face it you can not teach a old dog new tricks so why are they even considering pumping more wasted money back in to e defunct organization called the SMPD anyway? All you going to get is the same old POST armed protection services again? Along with wasting more tax payers monies.

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    1. In my experience the Post Alarm folks are more dependable.

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  10. We are paying more and not as safe. Look at who they call when ever there is a big problem. I don't get it?

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