Bob Donovan
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Mayor’s MPD overtime math doesn’t add up

Statement of Alderman Bob Donovan August 12, 2013

By - Aug 12th, 2013 10:21 am

I almost fell off my chair last week when I heard the mayor comment, “We need more boots on the street.”

However, I choose to remain optimistic that perhaps the mayor is finally getting it; after all, some of us have been saying it for years. His proposal to add $500,000 for police overtime is certainly a step in the right direction – but only a step. We need a much more comprehensive long term plan to address this problem – as I’ve said in the past, one modeled after New York City. While I have concerns about burning out officers, and tired officers making mistakes, I will support the overtime initiative.

If however we are expending $500,000 for more overtime, if we are asking the Governor and the State of Wisconsin to match it, and if indeed we need more boots on the street (which we do!) why are we still furloughing officers? Does it make sense to pay one officer overtime who may potentially be filling a position of an officer furloughed on straight time?

It doesn’t make sense to me.