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True 2011 was slightly higher (although some would consider them statistically similar) if you can be intellectually honest you would have to admit that crime is in fact DOWN in Mesa. I am certain that these facts pain you to admit but 2011 is nearly half the crime rate of 2002. See for yourself from the very stats you quoted. If you would have looked further you may not have posted that comment. But then again the truth may not coincide with your agenda. Good day sir.
Violent crimes 17029
Property crimes 15091
Violent crime 16725
Property Crime 14935
Violent Crimes 18164
Property Crimes 16164
Violent Crimes 19878
Property Crime 17589
Violent Crimes 22223
Property Crimes 19999
Violent Crimes 23426
Property Crimes 21342
Violent Crimes 26403
Property Crimes 24123
Violent Crimes 25916
Violent Crimes 28518
Property Crimes 26172
Violent Crimes 33402
Property Crimes 30515
9 months ago
Do you also find it a coincidence that of all of the markets they are doing this only one has Russell Pearce?
"The ads will run in Denver, Atlanta, Phoenix, Seattle, Spokane, Wash., Indianapolis, South Bend and Fort Wayne, Ind., San Antonio and Austin, Texas, and Omaha and Lincoln, Neb., through March 2012."
or that NYC and a dozen other cities last year got the same ads do not have Russell Pearce, Matt Salmon or Jeff Flake either? As far as Mit Romey, well good luch with that one. I would imagine this has more to do with Meida stuff like the show "Sister wives" and the play by the guys from South Park on Broadway in NYC called "the Book of Mormon" up for a Tony Award. It looks like the Mormons are clearing up some of what they feel are misconceptions and trying to rub some of the weird off. Open your eyes, Its bigger than Arizona.
Oct 3, 2011
At least the comments here aren't filled with bigotry and intolerance. (sarcasm) [innocent]Oct 2, 2011
Rational, I am still wondering why you picked that name. you dont seem very.....
Regarding literacy, I can read and write, just like you. I may not spell as well as you. But It seems like I can read better. I wrote that you "implied" all cops were bigots form this statement here "Aww how cute! You ignorant bigots are all the same - critical of corrupt cops, suddenly you're a "cop hater". your response? a personal attack "Thanks for exposing yourself as a bigot AND a liar...nowhere did I EVER state that I considered ALL cops ignorant bigots...just the corrup bigotted ones...which, from your comments, would seem to include YOU." What does "Corrup" mean? Did you misspell that on purpose to make me feel better or was it an attempt to mock me am make yourself feel better about being you? Or was it just a mistake like my spelling errors? I bid thee adieu
Jul 6, 2011
I can afford that much for medical benefits because I live the American dream and work three jobs (two in addition to my 40 hours a week as an officer) and my wife works two jobs. You should try it, maybe you too could afford to buy insurance.
Spelling has nothing to do with literacy, you should know that. I am guilty of poor spelling skills, bad penmanship too now that I think of it. Neither of which are terribly important to making good choices and decisions under pressure. But if spelling truly is that important to you, next time you call 911 when someone is breaking into your house. Ask them to send an officer that has super duper spelling skills. I will just use this nifty feature called spell check (that these comment sections don’t have) when I submit my reports.
Regarding bigotry, here is the definition for you (stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one's own.) You imply that all cops are ignorant bigots, and you don’t even know me or my beliefs. As stated before, I do this job and submit to the fact that I put yours and every other persons (regardless of race, color, creed, religion, legal status, criminal history) welfare above mine. I would even risk my life protecting you from harm even though you are a bigot and dislike me for no other reason than I am a police officer. That is the difference between us. You have no idea where I stand on immigration or any political issues, you have no idea what race or color I am. Yet you call me a bigot because I belong to one classification that you dislike. You my friend are the scariest kind of bigot. A bigot that thinks everyone else is a bigot. Look in the mirror. At least Leon had rational dialog and seems like a fair and logical person. All you have brought up is pejorative conjecture.
Jun 29, 2011
I used to pay 200 a month for bennifits, now I pay 672. That is a 200% in crease (give ot take)
Maybe next time somone kicks in your door to steal your stash of weed, you call circle K to report it.
As far as your crime stats, as inflated as they may be by fellow cop haters, 20 felony crimes per 800,000 persons is still well below the national average. And well below that of other professions. Keep digging. Jun 28, 2011
Leon, as a veteran all I have to say is that I know firsthand what it is like to live the life. I have chewed dirt and sand with this nation’s best and brightest and sadly some my best friends are no longer with us. You should first ask me if I am a veteran before you rebuke me. I have never said that I have it worse or get treated worse than my brothers in arms. You are missing my point. If you feel that feeling owed what was promised me is a sense of entitlement then so be it. I do feel entitled to what was promised me when I was hired, period. I don’t ask for or expect anything more. The simple fact is that I am not irreplaceable, only very very expensive to replace. The city invests more into me than other employees, that is a simple fact. When I leave they lose the 150K they have invested in me for training. A new organization gets me with said 150K in training without having to spend it. From a logic perspective, it seems like common sense to at least make an attempt to try to keep the most expensively trained employees rather than lose them to competition. If you lose a sanitation employee that makes what I make you are out about 12K in training. If you lose me you are out 150K, which makes more sense to try to keep from leaving? Spending 17 million dollars to update the finance software when you can’t even pay your employees seems, odd. The city is self insured for medical insurance and did not collect enough premiums for one of the plans for several years. The surplus required to be self insured was too low so they raised the rates on all of the premiums to ALL employees to make up the difference for their mistake. They bond rating improved from good to very good during this economic downturn. So just how does a bond rating improve? By improving its ability to pay off debt (improving its income to debt ratio). How does it do that when it cannot afford to pay its employees the promised merit increases? By not paying them! The city has the money but won’t pay its employees what it promised them. It reminds me a lot of the VA healthcare system, plenty of money but does not give a #$#@ about the solders Marines and sailors. And I didn’t get any credit union or loan discounts for being a cop. I got them for being a veteran As far as the respect and gratitude thing. I have never been arrested for DUI, I haven’t drank in 10 years. I have never had any domestic violence incidents and I have never been in a sex scandal. But you went ahead and lumped me in with those that have. As far as politics go, you have no idea where I stand and how close or far apart you and I are on issues. I think you will find that cops are human and do make mistakes like all other humans. But I think you will also find that cops in general commit less crime statistically than other professions. With Law Enforcement it’s such a betrayal of public trust it gets publicized more than Lawyers or truck drivers or landscapers. And rightfully so, to me its appalling with officers offend; But I have done none of the things that bring you distaste for law enforcement and more importantly, if needed I am willing to risk my life to protect you up to and including losing my life to do so, knowing that you may dislike me or not respect me. I would and do this for everyone regardless of race color criminal history sexual orientation whatever qualifiers you choose, I don’t care, I have submitted to the fact that it is my role to protect others at the expense of my wellbeing. Are you going to get that kind of commitment from your trash truck driver? That is why we ARE different than other employees. Jun 23, 2011
Leon, yes times are tough all over. But 2% is not an accurate view of the the impact. Not only is it the 2% cut, for me its an additional 15% that I was promised but has not been paid. Couple that with a 200% increase on what the city charges me for bennifits and I take home 30% less than i did 5 years ago. The bennifits are not so generous and I can get them for the same price the city of mesa charges me retail. Back then gas was 2.86 a gallon now its nearly 4 bucks a gallon. So that 30% less is worth even less in buying power than it was 5 years ago and I am 17% short on my hourly pay rate. It costs an organization about 100K to train a police officer by the time they finish FTO. Thats about what it cost to go to law school or med school. For every one person that graduates the academy they filterd through 1000 names. Like it or not, not every one is willing to risk thier lives on a daily basis for a starting pay of 46K. Now start deducting 500-900 a month for family medical expences, 400 a month for pension (going up to 700 in the next two years) union fees, taxes and pretty soon that awesome pay and genrous bennifits seem a little light. I dont pretend to know how to do your job. Dont pretend to know how to do mine. How much would you feel is sufficent to get shot at, do CPR on a drowned baby that dies, investigate the details of a brutal fatal child abuse or molestation, make a death notification to a loved one telling them thier family member is dead. Have fractions of a second to make life or death situations and people like you have the rest of thier lives to critique it. Its ingrattitude like yours for what we do that makes the decesion for me to take the 150K in training the city has paid me and move into the private sector for much more money and much less risk, very very easy. Jun 22, 2011
I think it might be interesting to see what how the ratio of multi housing in each of the cities compares to how much is spent. I am not disagreeing with you, but as one mesa cop to another, you know how much it costs to police beat 14 compared to beat 11. I know Gilbert has very few multi housing complexes whereas beat 14 in mesa has more than 1/3 of Gilberts total population in that mile square. I would imagine that Tempe's has a large amount of multi housing complexes as well as single famliy homes with roomates, thusly acting more like a multi rather than a single. And like I said, i dont disagree with you, but I think there is more to the formula. But on your side, Tempe doesent even fund an air unit and mesa still gets it done cheaper. But we are running very very lean these days.May 18, 2011
Shame on you. You should have known better than to do that.Apr 22, 2011