Our new Winnipeg Police Chief needs to be like this guy!
June 17 2016 – Kevin Yaworski
They need to be willing to say no to greedy councillors trying to tell them how to do their job and that they need more traffic enforcement. Good on him to put more officers where they really needed like serious crime including gang related and ignoring their threats to cut funding.
This Coun. Keith Egli who is the other Coun. asking for more traffic enforcement is the same one who was saying they needed photo radar speed cameras (they already have red light cameras) even though the prov banned speed cameras. Egli was spewing false stats provided by ACS in Edm and Wpg where they use both but accurate and complete stats tell the truth (no safety improvement and often decrease).
If you agree contact the Winnipeg Police Board and tell them to hire or promote someone like this. firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the article if needed:
The Ottawa Police Services Board on Monday approved a 2016 draft budget that includes hiring 25 new officers, and at least two city councillors are already clamouring to see some of those officers devoted to traffic enforcement.
In a rare move, River ward Coun. Riley Brockington addressed the police board, on which he does not sit, as a public delegate. City council, on he does sit, can only approve or deny the budget. It cannot ask for amendments or specifications.
“No issue is more apparent in River ward than the need to enforce speed of vehicles and address other traffic-related matters,” he said. “We need more boots on the ground to enforce speeding. This is a real safety issue.”
Calling the request for more officers an “urgent need,” Brockington said he wanted “assurances” before Dec. 9 — when council will be asked to approve the police service’s draft budget — that traffic will get a bigger slice of the pie.
At a Nov. 12 meeting, when the draft budget was received by council, Chief Charles Bordeleau brushed off pointed questions by Coun. Keith Egli, who also raised the issue before the board on Monday evening, asking whether any further commitment of officers would be made to traffic enforcement.
Bordeleau again refused to make that commitment, instead saying that 25 more officers will “stabilize the workforce” and lessen the need to move traffic officers, allowing them time to do their jobs.
The draft budget approval comes on the same day that Bordeleau dealt with another pressing public safety issue and announced a temporary doubling of officers in the city’s anti-gang squad to deal with a spike in shootings. Twelve officers will be added to the guns and gangs unit for what will initially be 90 days.
Though all of the 25 new recruits expected to be hired next year will, once trained, become patrol officers, their addition to the force will create 25 full-time equivalents that the service can then re-deploy. Bordeleau has committed to permanently adding officers to the anti-gang squad and to the partner assault and sexual assault units, and to keep some of those officers on the road to re-invest in patrol, where many medically accommodated officers are no longer physically deployable.
The draft budget will now be sent to city council.