We all know if the APD didn't have to pay out tens of millions of dollars in lawsuits, there would be plenty of money. If the City didn't waste money redoing projects that were never done right in the first place, there would be plenty of money. If the City didn't waste money on this joke of a recycle program, there would be plenty of money. Here is one suggestion that may help, exclude the top brass from any pay raise(s).
You see Councilman Sanchez, any study ever done shows money is not the main reason people stay at a job. People want to enjoy their work, feel respected by their supervisors, and feel secure in their position(s). You have none of this with the APD! Top brass give themselves bonuses and take away from the rank and file officer the money was meant for in the first place. What kind of leader does this? These people are not leaders they only take care of themselves.
Our Eyes tell us they have heard top brass bragging that the only reason they are there is to add to their already huge retirement. Our Eyes in the police department tell us they are afraid of their job, it’s like walking on egg shells, waiting for the next shoe to drop. They are not afraid of the bad guys, they are afraid of the top brass, the good ol’ boys.
Councilman Sanchez, thank you for trying to help. It is a step in the right direction, but until the culture changes at the APD and appointed politicians stop running the department, things will not change, and officers will continue to leave.