The State of the Department
How about a few of the little things? Things that might reduce bloat:
- The "house mouse" issue. Too many office staffs are too huge. We hear of purges at 35th Street where they'll cut 10 or 20% of the manpower every few years, but it always seems to creep back upwards. We thought we were supposed to be a paperless Department seven years ago but we're going through paper faster than ever before. Do you have any idea how many people's sole job it is to just make copies? How about restructuring entire Bureaus so you cut office staff by 40% or more and eliminate paper copies of everything. Someone had the right idea with the TRR's - we used to make 8 copies every time, now only OPS wants a copy - everyone else adapted to the lack of paper copies.
- An overhaul of how we're dispatched to jobs? There is no way we need to be rolling on 90% of the "Assist Fire" calls that we do. Or the "Domestic Disturbance" calls involving a 9 or 10 year old kid who doesn't want to go to school? Or the jobs that ought to be duped over to any one of a number of other City agencies - Animal Control, Streets and San, Department of Buildings, etc. Start a new policy and tell citizens "THIS ISN'T A POLICE MATTER." Then stick with it. They'll learn.
- And how about the "detailed out of District" assignments that run for years at a time? Either assign these people to where they actually work or get them back to the Districts so that we can stop getting Personal Days denied. 60 to 80 people out of 350 detailed from the District isn't just a service issue - it's a safety issue.
These are just three simple issues that, if corrected, would significantly alleviate the manpower shortages at the District level. And it's issues that the Superintendent can actually advocate for.
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