If it doesn’t make sense yet, it will…
A local community blog notes that police consultants have recently reported on the state of its department. Among their findings:
* 25% more road patrol officers than necessary for adequate coverage
* Police sergeants who perform essentially no patrol duty and little other duties with recommendation that they begin to do police patrol functions, as all of the other comparison cities in the study report
* The command structure appears to lack focus
* Output is not consistent among command officers – all could perform additional duties
* Morale and conduct of the police officers is an area of concern
* Investigative functions could be refined
* RPD has no formal training plan
* RPD lacks formal operating procedures and rules of conduct
* A more formal evaluation process is needed other than counting traffic tickets
* The department has 100% more clerical staff than necessary
This is one of the wealthiest zip codes in the country. And crime is apparently running rampant. OK, more rampant than it normally does, in an upper-middle-class suburb.
2 + 2 = 5. Or 3. Wait, both. OK:
At the same time, apparently, Rochester, Michigan has both too many resources committed to law-enforcement, and not enough resources committed to law-enforcement.
If only we knew why central planners (at whatever level) have never been able to allocate resources in a productive manner…