White says the police department has saved roughly $5 million in overtime since Mayor Berry took office. In that time, he says overall crime is down and overall arrests are up.Our Eyes behind the badge assert that while the city is raking in the bucks, DWI arrests are down 73%. Strangely, APD seems perfectly capable of calculating "savings" but utterly incapable of determining whether or not DWI arrests are down a month after instituting their new policy.
"There's been a lot of emphasis put on controlling the overtime throughout the entire department and it's paying off," says White.
Eyewitness News 4 specifically asked city officials if DWI arrests are down because of the new overtime policy. They answered that the policy has only been in place for a month, so it's too early to tell.One wonders whether The 5th Floor is using the same accountants that lost $16 MILLION over at APS. Here's generally how it's done. Count the number of DWI arrests in April 2010 and then subtract them from the number of DWI arrests in April of 2009. A negative number would be bad.
All of that said there is one department where overtime is not discouraged - records. In fact our Eyes tell us that the folks over in the records department are being forced to do time or at least overtime.
Back in January we told you records was some 22,000 reports behind at least partially due to the implementation of Crapper... uh, Copperfire (read it here). Now, records personnel are doing time on our overtime dime.
Understand, the judicial system runs on records - without them nothing gets done and criminals end up on the street. Frankly, we've got too much of that going on already. But what The 5th Floor has done is place data entry, uniform crime reports, and report review above imminent harm.
Of course there is an upside... since arrests are down, so are the number of reports that the records department will have to deal with. Or at least that would be the case if alcohol involved accidents hadn't doubled and generated a whole new crop of accident reports. Oh well... at least we're saving money.