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How many SUVs does the Schenectady P.D. need?

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The situation in the Schenectady Police Department is that there are four evidence technicians — guys who photograph crime scenes and pick up shell casings — and there are four vehicles for them, which they are allowed to take home even though only one technician is on call at any given time. So a couple of questions arise: • Why not have just one such vehicle, and let the one guy who is on call ...

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ed186
January 22, 2012
10:50 a.m.

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Lets look at it another way Carl. First, if you put a tech. on call without a vehicle that means the tech. must go buy a second vehicle because if his wife is out shopping or something,and he gets called out to work and can not get in touch with his wife or partner what is he suppose to do? His partner is NOT a police officer. What if there is a need for more then one or two techs? Any police department will tell you if they have a person "on stand by or on call you have to pay then" Is it more cost effective to supply them with a vehicel them pay FOUR techs. stand by time? Do they pay them stand by time? I think it's a good deal the way it is. Why don't you chase after something worth while instead of the police. Oh, I forget you just like to mix up the pot, right Carl? They have a tough enough job without a gadfly looking into their working conditions.

biwemple
January 22, 2012
1:29 p.m.

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How about buying a more economical SUV such as a Subaru, Chevy Equinox, Ford Escape, or Toyota so it uses less gas and can go near anywhere in inclement weather? These actually have quite a bit of space for gear and get just under 30 mpg in most cases.

Fritzdawg
January 22, 2012
2:21 p.m.

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ed186...

I have never heard of any other profession that supplies a vehicle just because somebody is on call.
In any other line of work, the employee would drive to work as per usual, and then pick up a company vehicle.
Besides, I'm sure the on call rates that they're being paid, could cover the cost of a second, modest car, just in case the wife had a sudden shopping emergency during off hours.

nino187h
January 22, 2012
8:42 p.m.

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Carl knows what the Schenectady police need and how they should run, after all he lives in Saratoga and never worked in a police department...

SchenectadyScott
January 23, 2012
7:53 a.m.

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15 months out of work....really....and you live in Saratoga county instead of living in the city paying your check...gas money...maintenance..Really...wow...you guys some freaking disillusion...I think you are smoking the evidence you might be picking up..People are out of work, can't pay on the high taxes they have to supply these prima donnas and they have then write letters in support for this nonsense...Yeah Carl does know what Schenectady police need he lives in Saratoaga Just like these techs living in Malta and Saratoga county....Start living the city and buy your own vehicles and stop abusing the Schenectadians paying your golden way....You guys don't no when to shut up...you take, take and take..just like a little baby, that doesn't know any better...Stop the Abuse!!!

wmarincic
January 23, 2012
9:02 a.m.

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First the residency laws officers that serve more than five years to live where they want. Second, Saratoga county starts just outside the Schenectady county line.

gitzitbill
January 23, 2012
10:29 a.m.

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If they live outside the city leave the gas guzzler at the station.I hope they can only use it to and from work, not when ever they want while they are not in the city

Fritzdawg
January 23, 2012
12:47 p.m.

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I wonder who is responsible for any of the liabilities that might occur when the vehicle is utilized for personal use?
If I get into an accident on the way to work, my employer sure isn't going to cover it.

Also, are these people on the clock the minute they set foot out the door because they are technically, responding in an official capacity, to an incident?

I can't think of a single person that gets paid for their commute.

wmarincic
January 23, 2012
3:18 p.m.

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These vehicles are NOT used for personal use. They don't drive their kids to the game in them. They are driven home where they sit until they are needed for work.

SchenectadyScott
January 23, 2012
8:33 p.m.

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How the hell can anyone support this? Are you out of your minds.....they don't even want a van...why???? Who is going to police them? The police in Schenectady...You got to be kidding...reach into your own pocket and pay them...I am tired of it..it is ABUSE!! They fulfilled the residency law...15 month out of work and he needs a Tahoe to tool around in...or as you say leave parked in his drive way ready for use...when? When he goes back to work a year from now? Come on we the city of Schenectady can not support these luxuries...Enough is Enough..

SchenectadyScott
January 24, 2012
4:08 a.m.

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ed186-"First, if you put a tech. on call without a vehicle that means the tech. must go buy a second vehicle because if his wife is out shopping or something,and he gets called out to work and can not get in touch with his wife or partner what is he suppose to do? His partner is NOT a police officer."
Police officers in Schenectady that make over $100,000 a year can not afford a second vehicle for his wife?...Please show me one police officer on the force that only has one vehicle in his household..Make some sense before you address the taxpayers of Schenectady paying these outrages salaries and perks that keep driving this city into debt....

SchenectadyScott
January 24, 2012
4:12 a.m.

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Schenectady's top earners in 2011

Job title Salary Gross

John Ericson Police investigator $66,345 $149,429

Michael Seber Assistant police chief $123,816 $149,182

Jack Falvo Assistant police chief $123,816 $146,853

Eric Clifford Police Lieutenant $80,070 $141,615

Mark McCracken Police Lieutenant $80,070 $140,260

Wayne Bennett Public safety commissioner $124,432 $138,173

Patrick Morris Police Sergeant $71,899 $136,624

Thomas Adach Police investigator $66,345 $127,804

Jeremy Pace Police investigator $66,345 $125,202

Michael Della Rocco Fire chief $129,933 $124,582

Source: City of Schenectady

10 biggest paychecks

Schenectady's top earners in 2011

Job title Salary Gross

John Ericson Police investigator $66,345 $149,429

Michael Seber Assistant police chief $123,816 $149,182

Jack Falvo Assistant police chief $123,816 $146,853

Eric Clifford Police Lieutenant $80,070 $141,615

Mark McCracken Police Lieutenant $80,070 $140,260

Wayne Bennett Public safety comm. $124,432 $138,173

Patrick Morris Police Sergeant $71,899 $136,624

Thomas Adach Police investigator $66,345 $127,804

Jeremy Pace Police investigator $66,345 $125,202

Michael Della Rocco Fire chief $129,933 $124,582

Source: City of Schenectady

wmarincic
January 24, 2012
7:58 a.m.

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And the do nothing Asst Chiefs are making over $140 k ped year. How many times have I said the asst chiefs must go? That haif million is a waste... Clfford Ericson.Pace and McCracken and the K9 officers are called out all times of day and night, thirty or forty straight hours of working to catch these major offenders is not only dangerous but time consuming, The Asst Chiefs are not working the case so lets get rid of them. I will say that Seeber does actually try to do his job but its difficult when you have Chairs and Bennett for a boss.

JJF
January 27, 2012
3:06 p.m.

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The number of city owned vehicles "that go home", rounds to zero.

SchenectadyScott
January 27, 2012
6:36 p.m.

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Well it must be if you say so JJF.....

JJF
February 1, 2012
2:48 p.m.

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SS: Sorry laddie, missed a word or two. Edited: "The number of city owned vehicles "that go home", should round to zero."

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