DOWN, TWO TO GO
What else could I be talking
about besides precinct consolidations?
It was certainly good news that the County came
to their senses and decided to split the 4th
and 5th Precincts back to their original
configurations. While I am sure the County achieved some
slight savings from consolidation, mostly on the back of
the SOA and on the overall reduction in supervision, it
was always a case of being penny wise and pound foolish.
I have said this time and time again, I am sure
one of the greatest concerns of
our residents is public safety.
While many people do not think about it every day
because of the fact that they feel secure in their
homes, when something happens to call their attention to
it they suddenly become aware of the job that we do.
I do believe, in spite of the overall downsizing
of this job, that we still deliver a quality product to
our residents. But
the pennies saved and the overall decrease in the morale
of our members by constantly being asked to do more with
less was not worth it.
I firmly believe that the consolidations have
always affected the response times in certain cases, as
well as the amount of time supervisors and police
officers spend on patrol.
What should happen now is the 3rd
and 6th Precincts should be next on the list
to separate. To
have a single precinct that basically covers the entire
Town of North Hempstead (with a population of just shy
of a quarter of a million residents!) is ludicrous.
That is the same size as many cities within the
US, all of which I am sure have more than one precinct
or district covering it.
While the police unions will continue to complain
about these consolidations it always helps when the
local legislators add their voice to the mix.
Certainly Nassau County Legislator Carrie Solages
had remained vocal over the past several years regarding
his opposition to the consolidation.
I am sure his input helped convince the County to
relent, and we appreciated his help.
But for now it will probably
remain status quo for the 3rd & 6th and
the 2nd & 8th consolidations,
but I can assure you that we voice our concerns whenever
we get a chance.
We now just wait patiently for the 4th&
5th to actually separate, and our supervisors
finally get a chance to pick their 2015 vacations!
We have addressed this topic
every time we sit with the County regarding issues
affecting the Police Department.
It is an unfinished part of the wage freeze and I
personally believe it is an injustice that supervisors
are paid less for their longevity years than cops or
our experience, which is why you receive longevity
payments in the first place, is as valuable as that of
the other ranks. Just
recently we have again been discussing this issue with
the County. While
I can make no guarantees I believe that we are making
some progress. It
is an issue that has to be addressed sooner rather than
will advise you as soon as there is something solid to
OT Letters, Activity Reports
When supervisors spend their
time sitting in the station house writing reports
instead of out on the street supervising their
subordinates there is an obvious problem.
Reports for every instance where someone works
overtime over three hours.
What is the point?
Is it just to make the supervisorís life more
miserable in the mistaken belief that somehow if we know
we have to write a letter we will magically whisk the
cop out of the station house and off duty?
The real problems are many, including ECAB and
knows RMS is an overtime generating system.
Good for the person who is looking to bolster
their salary/retirement but bad for the job.
Why can we use Swift for some arrests and not
all? What is
the point of continuing with a system that you know
costs you twice as much with every arrest.
There are a million excuses why we continue with
it but I still donít understand.
We have made our suggestions known but no one
wants to make a decision and change the system.
So the OT goes up and the sergeants spend their
days writing letters.
What nonsense but we do what we are told.
And of course the activity
if morale improved a bit on this job things would
improve in all areas.
Letís start by settling the entire contract
(hint: Longevity). Morale
is a difficult thing to control but when the
supervisorís morale is in the toilet from nonsense
reports and the like it all rolls downhill.
Another waste of time but if you canít abuse
the cops, abuse the sergeants!
recently we had six of our members promoted to the rank
of Captain and Det./Captain.
To all of you; Gary, Gary, Mark, Al, Greg and
John, I offer my congratulations.
It is unfortunate that it is a rank which causes
many to consider the option of accepting or declining a
sincerely hope that going forward we will be somehow
able to alleviate this problem. No organization can
reach its greatest efficiency when there is a limited
desire of the employees to advance to the upper echelons
of the department.
always, any questions on any of the above issues please
feel free to call me at the office or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.