Sunday, March 17, 2013

Police Departments Shrinking

Not so much in Humboldt, but I found this map interesting. It shows which counties are losing the most police officers. The Sacramento Bee story isn't very specific in regards why.

If it was just the poorer counties that were hit harder by the recession, you'd think Humboldt would be a bigger loser. Maybe it's just budgeting priorities as set by the counties?

You can get a more readable size by clicking on the picture in the Sacramento Bee article.


At 8:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Humboldt has strong police funding because voters in several of the major cities approved tax increases that provide backfill funding.

At 10:16 AM, Blogger Travis said...

The united States police force has turned into nothing more than a revenue collection agency therefore they go to the area with the most revenue to collect. did you know the United States police force are under no legal obligation to protect you from harm. and furthermore it was publicly stated by a police chief in the Bay Area that's the only reason please officers carry guns is to intimidate and assert their authority

At 8:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Henchman Of Justice" says,

In Humboldt, the economy is small and isolated compared to other bigger jurisdictions. Compared to smaller jurisdictions, Humboldt's "politics" is vastly different too.

In Humboldt, politicians do whatever they can to keep the police force large BECAUSE

of perception of service. Ya see, there are many retired folks, government officials and employees, social services for women and children, marijuana and meth, nary the jobs, etc..... Politicians locally need the cops to keep busy the politicians, for without many of the "false arrests", the politicians would not have much work to do. Making government "look busy" is "the manufactured trick". What better way to look busy than too have a police force going around and busting people falsely. It is one thing to "deal with real criminals" as compared to "creating criminalks out of thin air".

Cops are usually for mop-up, not prevention. Besides, if a parked card-board police look-alike car can fool drivers, just think how much success stationary card-board cop cut-outs would create in crime prevention. Simply having police walk around armed as a symbol to prevent crime is ridiculous when the same results could be had for much less money when using card-board cut-outs. - HOJ


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