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Retiring police chief says city needs more sergeants

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Officers on patrol need more supervision, Chief Mark Chaires told the City Council in his last budget meeting before his retirement. He said although the city can’t afford more sergeants next year to supervise the patrol officers he urged the council to find ways “in the next couple years” to add more positions. He recommended a system in which two sergeants would be on at all times, dividing the city between them. That way, he ...


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safny
October 12, 2012
7:09 a.m.

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I agree that supervision is important in running a good department - but you're the chief. If there are "20 officers running around out there"- what does that say about how the department is run?

wmarincic
October 12, 2012
11:34 a.m.

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Maybe if we got rid of the commissioner, the chief and the 4 asst. chiefs that cost us over 1 million dollars per year we can hire more cops and promote more supervisors. The SPD is way too "TOP HEAVY" too many chiefs and not enough indians.....

cfield
October 14, 2012
1:48 p.m.

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"Running around out there" simply means running from call to call and patrolling.

marincic - the expert who has never even been a meter maid - keep up the good work.

cfield
October 14, 2012
1:53 p.m.

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And comment was taken entirely out of context. At budget meeting, Chief was explaining where the sergeants were assigned in patrol. He said - there are x number of sergeants on patrol, it would be helpful if there were more.

You should be careful formulating opinions based on conversations you were not present for. Moore took the statement in the wrong direction.

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