Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Looking for a job?

I seem to be on someone's email list, as each day I'm deluged with one hair brained scheme after another. I've gotten fairly good at picking out the pranks, it's the real ones that keep me up nights.

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.

Salina police create gang unit

September 14, 2010 - 9:17am SALINA, KANSAS

Salina Police Chief Jim Hill says he has created a new unit in the department to confront an emerging gang problem in the central Kansas city.

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?

Toad

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

We have given up not only to gang violence, but to Islam as well.

NCJack said...

I think your sniffer is spot on. There's federal money out there for "Gang Prevention/Suppression" or some such, and a hard-up police dept. would be considered remiss by the local electorate for not going after some.

I worked for the state government, and lots of our folks went nearly nuts at the end of the month filling out their time sheets: "Do I put 12 hours for Budget Line A, or is it six for them and six for Line C-12?", and of course they'd done the same job all month.

house things said...

Salina, Kansas. Reminds me of the movie, "Vertigo." Kim Novak's character was from Salina.

And, to your question - yes, probably grant money.

Job Search Freak said...

Classic example of how hard earned tax payer's money is misused, $ 120,000 to keep a tab on gang war ?

Free Kansas said...

"I think I'm getting The Fear."--- DR. Gonzo

Watch TV said...

thanks

preppyplayer said...

I love how your posts keep us entertained and informed. This one included.
You gotta shake your head when you read this stuff and it doesn't just happen in Kansas!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Misuse of funds is like a slow leak in a dam that cannot be plugged. I've paid attention ever since my 30's & I finally paid notice to the fact that it took 3 school district employees to go pick up a can of paint from the hardware store. Or, how you witness multiple state employees standing leaning on their shovels watching one employee work. I can tell I'm getting old & therefor cranky. It seems on so many levels we have given up.

Great eye opener Toad. You are the best at switching on our light-bulbs!

Hope all is well with you & yours?

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