News Article Critique, Tempe Arizona week 5 discussion 2
After reading Tempe Considers Laying off Police Officers to Cut Costs,
respond to the following questions:
What ideas mentioned in the articles do you think will
work or will not work in cutting operations expenses? Support your
opinions with information from a scholarly source. Who would you solicit input before making budget
decisions? How do proposed budget cuts impact the trust in the
(2010). Tempe considers
laying off police officers to cut costs. AzCentral.Com. Retrieved
New Hampshire Police Department. (2010). Police budget. Retrieved from
By laying down some of
officers already in the department, the city will have some issues that they
will have to face, and these issues have a great impact in their lives
concerning security and emergency services. This means the number of heads that
are dependent on each and every available officer will increase making the
process of offering services to the community being a hard one and an
From this process of laying down officers who services
might seem not of great importance to the society, there will be benefits
though minimal as compared to the greater number of disadvantages. The benefits
that could be realized will only be important to the officers in that they will
be able to get more funds since their number to which the funds are divisible,
will be reduced. They will be able to serve with much easy since the funds
required in the process are available (Boehnke, 2010).Who would you solicit input before making budget decisions ? You can use any of the following for inputs
to decisions, Public involvement, surveys, the police that work in your
department, focus groups, neighborhood councils, and Citizen Relationship
Management systems. For any
police department to function well, it must be well funded to avoid shortages
especially tools of response like vehicles, radio and fire arms for fighting
There are so many disadvantages in that the number of
policemen available will not be enough to serve the whole city. There will be
shortages , and this means there will be delayed responses and inefficiency in
service delivery. Some departments that might be eliminated are important and
an example is the narcotic department which is very helpful in dealing with
narcotics, and nailing down drug lords who pose a great threat to the youths by
smuggling harmful drugs. Reduction in response services like traffic motorbike
units will affect response in that the response time will be much more than
leading to poor services. The government
should fund the officers in any town to avoid shortages since these are the
responsible people in times of need to the citizens and they should be solicited
for input when the budget decisions are being made. Budget cuts that will
affect the number of police officer offering service to the community will have
a great impact on the society since they will lack trust in the department that
should be component in service delivery. Budget cuts will lead to poor service
delivery and cases of insecurity might increase due to poor response and
ineffectiveness in the department.
Boehnke, M. (2010). Tempe considers
laying off police officers to cut costs. AzCentral.Com.
can you look this one over and make any changes please make sure all questions are answered thanks
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