From the latest MyBurbank Twitter feed:
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With all of the pissing and moaning about the Chief over e-mails………..
How about some reflection on the current FIXABLE problem at the Burbank Police Department?
The now chronic SHORTAGE of sworn Officers.
When are they going to get their fat-asses down to City Council and let their voices be heard on a subject that could benefit ALL of US?????
This Tuesday at 6 p.m.
What’s really important–E-mails or HELP?????
Police depts across the nation are having trouble recruiting.
There is a shortage of people willing to become police officers.
Especially now that it is hard to beat confessions out of suspects or get away with shooting unarmed black people in the back.
Liberal as I am, I won’t go that far.
I’ve heard the big problem is stringent credit checks, and sometimes juvenile pot backgrounds for some depts. People get weeded out and it might be too unfair.
We all just received the “Party Line” from anon 3.
In fact, our Personnel do their due diligence of screening and weeding PRIOR to submitting prospects to the Chief’s Office.
How many were submitted to the Chief in the last YEAR?
How many were HIRED?
How many were LATERALS with prior experience?
How many of THEM were hired?
We need straight answers–not regurgitated Party Lines.
I guess no one wants to consider payroll and pension reform as a means of cutting costs…?
As of 2014, there were 112 salaried employees of the City of Burbank whose combined salary and benefits (incl. “other pay” and overtime) exceeded $200,000 [Source: http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2014/burbank/%5D. There are some employees who made nearly three times their base salary in overtime, “other pay,” and benefits. While the median full-time city employee salary is just over $93,000, that figure is almost $40,000 more than the average salary of a private sector resident of the city ($53,769) [Source: http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2014/burbank/summary/%5D.
Total employee compensation in 2014 were over $159M and as taxpayers we pay a large chunk of that to cover pension plans and other benefits that have no basis in reality (since these plans often assume unrealistic double-digit market returns which, if not met, have to be made up by taxpayers).
With specific regard to Safety Personnel, Police & Fire, the extra overtime has been beneficial to all of us.
Both Departments are SHORT handed.
The willingness of Safety Personnel to put in the overtime is appreciated.
In time we may fill-up the rosters. Not yet.
As for the other Departments, our pay scales are out of whack.
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