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MANAGING IN THE MILLENNIUM Demotions I n the ongoing budgetary crises that health insurance) for serving on boards? have become endemic in local govern- I think cutting or even doing away with ment, law enforcement agencies find compensation for such service makes bet- themselves facing unprecedented chal- ter sense than demoting police officers. lenges. I wrote about this in last month’s For cities where serving on a board is the column, but it’s such an important issue, equivalent of a full-time job, then I sug- with agency and career-changing effects gest a demotion is in order: Pay them less. attached to it, that I want to take another ■ How many positions have been cut look at it. in other departments? While I understand We all know that money is tighter the importance of planners and admin- than it’s been in most of our lifetimes. In istration, police protection is simply not the recent past, law enforcement officers negotiable. Cutting police protection is have been virtually immune from job sacrificing safety. To me it’s a no-brainer. loss due to economic downturns. In fact, How many police jobs can be saved by Carole Moore the security of a law enforcement posi- chopping some of the fat in the city, town tion was about the only thing a potential or county manager’s office? police officer could count on. Things have ■ Are cities or counties still forging changed and, from the looks of it, they’re ahead with capital improvement proj- Demotions not getting better. When I wrote this column, I was shak- ects? If yes, then stop. Anything capital- improvement oriented belongs to another are a horrible, ing my head at the news that the town of Fitchburg, Mass., demoted police offi- time and another budget, in my opinion. ■ How are city hall and other public counterproductive cers to save money and lessen the likeli- buildings being furnished or decorated? hood of police layoffs. In addition, news What about Christmas decorations, new idea … reports at the time stated 12 dispatchers cars, pl
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