Thursday, March 1, 2007

Cost Recovery for Police Secondary Employment

Jeremy Boren of the Trib reports on Candidate Bill Peduto's leading the charge in favor of the cost-recovery proposal, which would tax police officers when working side-jobs. (Pictured: She-Ra's beloved, powered-up ride, Swift Foot)

Attention Controller candidates: Some of you suggest that the office of controller provides a "bully pulpit" for issues relating to the budget and our debt burden. Should the city controller take up an issue like this, and if so, what kind of influence might you exert in that office?

The Burr Reporr has already highlighted this final quotation, which should open many cans of worms, from IUP prof. Dennis Giever:

"What if a business is in violation of the law? The owner is doing the officer a favor giving him a job, and now all of a sudden, he wants you to run a license plate or something," Giever said. "It gets you into an awkward situation and it's blurring of the role of law enforcement in the private sector."

Thomas Barry of Barry's Pub on Carson St. seems to argue that officer's wages should not be taxed like everybody else, and the city should provide equipment, administration, and liability coverage for free.

Meanwhile, in a mirror P-G piece by Rich Lord, the security director of Station Square warns of increased cost and decreased coverage. We wonder: would Station Square really sacrifice safety for $13,000 annually?

If this story is not doing it for you by now, it never will, until it merges fully with the whistle blower lawsuit, and with the impotence of the Citizens Police Review Board, to tell one coherent narrative about civilian oversight and reform.

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