Tuesday, October 15, 2013

IMPD: Personnel Increase Dekamated?

     "Dekamate:" to reduce to one-tenth (start with 100, get 10) -- as contrasted to "decimate," which despite modern abuse and misuse, still means a reduction by one-tenth (start with 100, get 90).

     IMPD asked for 700 new officers but received 80 -- which is still better than nothing.  Likewise, they're not going to get the pay increase they negotiated; the City hasn't got it.  Instead, they'll get what the firemen get,* though if they don't like it, the FOP will consider suing for more.

     One might wish the new recruits would be required to take the Temperance Pledge but I suppose that's too much to ask.

     In other news, the trial of IMPD's David Bisard, accused of a DUI fatality while on duty in his patrol car, has finally started jury selection, some three years after the accident.  He's been behind bars since being arrested after a second DUI incident (non-fatal) in April of this year.  (Timeline here.)

     Seriously, guys -- Temperance Pledge?  Think about it.
* 3 percent the first year, about 2 percent for each of the following two years.  Better than what I got, last time 'round, though I'm not nearly as likely to get shot at or have to run into a burning building.


Anonymous said...

Uh, how are more police better?
You yourself seems to think this means more drunks behind the wheel?

Not to mention more agents of gov't control?


Charles Pergiel said...

Temperance? Seriously? You know how bad that would be for crime fiction? Think of the bookstores!

Roberta X remotely said...

gfa: Hey, I just reported what happened, value judgements are left to the readers.

Charles: What, one group of new hires at one police department in one city? Let 'em get soused in LA or Baltimore, for all I care.

Old NFO said...

Good luck with both... Seems that 'mantle' of authority they put on makes them feel they can do anything they want to... as exhibit A shows...