If you happen to be looking for a job, and have a background in law enforcement this could be the best cop job in America. I just don't know what you'd do next week.
The following is from the Associated Press. The odd bits are my emphasis. Lock and load.
Hill told the city commission Monday night that the city has had intermittent gang violence since 1991. (Emerging for 20 years) He says the shooting death in July of a 17-year-old at a city park is believed to be gang-related. (Scare mongering and probably inadmissible)
Hill says there are two gangs in Salina that are feuding, with about 16 hard-core members.
*Pay close attention to the math here.*
The Salina Journal reports that out of those 16, one is dead, another is facing murder charges, four are being held by the Kansas Department of Corrections, one is in federal prison and three are currently on trial for other crimes.
The two new officers will cost the city about $110,000 to $120,000 a year.
One cop for every 3 gang members? $20K/member/year? Supposed the town fathers approached the 6 remaining members, offered them $30k to go away. They might just go.
I certainly don't wish to minimize the deleterious effects of gang problems on a small community,and respects to the family of the dead youth, but I smell grant money. Next year a second shift will be necessary as most gang activity occurs on the late shift. Seems like the local constabulary had this situation pretty well under control.
Is it just me, or have we really given up?