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SURVEY CONDUCTED BY POLICE UNION (FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE) = [sad]
NOT ONCE IN THIS LONG, LONG ARTICLE WAS THE WORD ..."POLICE UNION"...EVER MENTIONED = RED FLAG
BOTTOM LINE .... WE HAVE A PUBLIC SECTOR "UNION" THAT ISN'T GETTING WHAT IT WANTS FROM MANAGEMENT AND CAN'T STRIKE SO THEY DO THE NEXT BEST THING = WHINE
GIVE US A BREAK....GOING AFTER A ..."LADY" (GOVERNOR JAN BREWER IN THIS INSTANCE).........DOESN'T GIVE YOUR CAUSE MUCH CREDIBILITY WITH THE ARIZONA PUBLIC EITHER.
THIS IS ARIZONA...........WE LEAVE ...WOMEN...OUT OF OUR DISPUTES.
Uh, Leon, why don't women belong in our disputes if they are part of the situation? Janet was an OK secretary of state but as governor she is in over her head. She made the appointment and if it is the wrong guy for the job then it is her judgement that comes into question. As for as for a "police union" , why does everybody in Arizona hate the idea of collective bargaining? Unions came about because of the cruel and dangerous conditions facing workers in the early 1900's. If there were no unions you can be assured there would be many more workplace deaths, injuries, and when some employee felt that they were at the end of their rope and had no place to turn there would be more violence.
Bill has the answer for everything. I am surprised that he did not retire as a Chief or higher. He is probably our top state law enforcement retiree and resident expert. :-)
Bill, if the troops ain't happy , crime will continue to increase...If the same survey was taken at Arpiojos kingdom, morale would be at -11 %....Arpiojo only affects one county, DPS affects the state...Please do not turn DPS into a Arpiojo hole...Az. deserves better...
Bill's columns are great entertainment. For a guy who was a patrol dog and never rose beyong a glorified patrolman rank, he sure has a lot to say about every law enforcement issue. Those that can, do. Those that can't...just write about it.
As a reader of Richardson's material for years, I recall his weekly columns. He wrote critically about a couple of earlier DPS directors and their top command. They paid attention and his material was often discussed weekly by the director. Richardson wrote about things that mattered at DPS, things management wasn't attending to and things they (mgmt) were unhappy that he would speak out on.
More recently, Richardson's writings about the city of Tempe? He had to be quieted!! Yes, he had a lot to say. To city management, perhaps too much. But as a resident of the city, he has had questions to ask and some of the answers have not been good for city leaders. At one point, being critical of the mayor or the police chief ended his ability to "just write about it" in some print venues.
Richardson doesn't seem to be about him having all of the answers. He has consistently brought out things for readers to consider and to think about. Things management or groups would rather not have discussed.
Agree or disagree, he has opinions and comments and takes the time to share with others.
If rank is what gives validity to a point being made, I can only smile at the (Gascon, Ryff, Harris, Arpaio) gene pools that have been created, and the resulting loss of public trust and respect. In some cases, those who can't ... promote.
Relax and (maybe even) appreciate Mr. Richardson for the writing he does do.
Nowhere in this article, other than the change in administrative stops, did I see just what beef the patrol officer have with upper management. Are they whining they can't stop big rigs just to break up their day?A couple of years ago I got stopped by an AZ DPS for a cracked windshield. After all the usual rigmarole he came back to the window with the warning notice & said, in a really creepy tone, "people I give warnings to usually show me gratitude" & then shouted "do I need to write you a ticket?" Is this the exception or the rule in DPS? Is this the "calling' you spoke of Bill?
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