That much I agree with you on. But think about what you're implying - council's main failing is that they haven't purged the commission (even though it's supposed to be apolitical) and strong armed EPS into getting off their ass.A fair amount of the blame falls on the police, no doubt.... but also who do you think appoints the police commission?
I don't disagree with him, as much as having this opinion might be unpopular with some.I would like send kudos to our police commission and all the employees of the Edmonton Police Service. Not just our sworn police officers, but to each employee…edmontonjournal.com
I don't disagree with him, as much as having this opinion might be unpopular with some.
I don't think Mr. Billett is fairly characterizing what is happening at Council. The police are the largest line item in the city's budget and are approaching half a billion dollars between direct funding and other sources of income like ticket revenue. As I understand it, Edmonton is the only municipality in Alberta that guarantees funding increases to the police using a formula based on population growth -- every other city department in Edmonton must come to Council on a 4 year cycle to have their budget allocations approved.I would like send kudos to our police commission and all the employees of the Edmonton Police Service. Not just our sworn police officers, but to each employee…edmontonjournal.com
A lot of it has to do with the huge number of sworn officers on many kinds of leave (medical, etc...), which is at around 190 at the moment, if I am not mistaken.I'm just having a hard time understanding why EPS cut the number of dt patrols in half over the last few years - it's their decision to make but I just don't get it. I'm sure they have evidence-based rationale but I just haven't heard it.
Occurrences have gone up and, worse than that, public opinion has drastically worsened over the past few months, especially after the most recent (a month or so) events in the LRT and Chinatown. As much as we don't like it, public opinion matters a lot on policy making.And now they are increasing resources now? Why? What is different from their perspective now versus 3 or 6 months ago?