He Doesn't Get It
That's the simplest explanation we could come up with. From the comments:
- CONGRATULATIONS SCC, YOU'VE REACHED A NEW LOW!
[Thanks? We weren't aware that anyone was keeping track.]
SURE IT MAKES SENSE TO ASK QUESTIONS, BUT TO PUT SPIN IT THE WAY YOU HAVE DONE IS DEPLORABLE.
[Spin? What spin? We started this series of posts stating that questions had been raised and we weren't sure how to approach the issue without offending some people]
ALL MEMORIALS HAVE PAID POSITIONS, CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITES. THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL FUNDS SPENDS OVER 1.3 MILLION A YEAR IN SALARIES.
[Are those salaries paid for running things like the gift shop? We don't see one of those here. For fundraising expertise? Maintenance costs? As we stated, an endowment fund could take care of all of these trivial expenses in perpetuity]
MOST MEMORIAL FOUNDATIONS GO BEYOND THE MEMORIAL AND TO DO THAT, THEY NEED DIRECTION AND MANAGEMENT; AND YES THESE PEOPLE SHOULD BE PAID FOR THEIR WORK.
[Which was never how this was presented. This was supposed to be a straight up Memorial honoring the dead of the CPD. We don't recall any of the initial publicity material or videos or presentations ever mentioned a "mission beyond the memorial." We challenge your assertion that "most memorial foundations go beyond the memorial." Perhaps other organizations spring up afterwards, but they are presented and stand on their own.]
THE MONEY FROM OUR MEMORIAL IS SLATED FOR MANY THINGS AND ALL OF IT IS FOR THE FAMILIES OF OUR FALLEN BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND THOSE CRITICALLY INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. Ie. ONE TIME PAYOUTS TO THE FAMILIES OF FALLEN OFFICERS TO HELP OUT RIGHT AWAY; REGARDLESS IF THEY WERE MURDERED ON OR OFF DUTY, SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS FOR THE CHILDREN OF FALLEN OFFICERS (THE MORE WE RAISE, THE MORE THEY CAN PAY), AND WHO KNOWS WHAT OTHER ASSISTANCE THE MEMORIAL WILL BE ABLE TO OFFER AS MORE MONEY COMES IN.
[You mean like the 100 Club? The Gold Star organization? Is the Memorial attempting to supplant or replace these organizations? Enhance? Why not work within the existing framework?]
I AGREE THAT AN ANNUAL REPORT SHOULD BE PUBLISHED AND I’M SURE IT WILL, BUT YOU PEOPLE WILL ONLY BEEF THAT MUCH MORE WHEN YOU SEE THE NUMBERS. BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT YOU DO; YOU CRY AND CRY ABOUT EVERYTHING. LOOK AT THE NLEOMF AND SEE WHAT THEY SPEND EACH YEAR. http://www.nleomf.org/media/pdf/AnnualReport2006.pdf
[See, we aren't sure it will ever be. It should have been done before we started receiving dozens of inquires. Asking for accountability isn't a crime and it isn't whining.]
I HAVE NO DOUBT ABOUT THE SINCERITY OF EVERYONE I KNOW THAT HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE MEMORIAL. DONATIONS SHOULD HAVE BEEN VOLUNTARY AND IT’S RIDICULOUS THAT ANYONE HAD TO BE “STRONG-ARMED”. COPPERS WILL PISS AWAY HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS A MONTH ON BEER AND CIGARETTES, BUT GOD FORBID THEY FEEL A LITTLE PRESSURED TO GIVE UP 4 BUCKS A MONTH TO HELP THE FAMILIES OF OUR OWN FALLEN OFFICERS. 48 DOLLARS A YEAR FOR YOU IDIOTS THAT CAN’T DO THE MATH.
[Still, it's our money to "piss away" as you put it. And we believe it's ridiculous that anyone had to be strong armed, too, but not for your reason. Yours appears to be feigned outrage that everyone didn't reach deep to contribute. Ours is that people were denied opportunities if they didn't play the game.]
I’M WILLING TO BET THAT EVERY SINGLE OFFICER ON THIS JOB HAS PROBABLY COVERED 10 YEARS WORTH OF CONTRIBUTIONS IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER WITHIN THEIR FIRST 2 YEARS ON THE JOB. Ie. MEDICAL ABUSE, COURT OT WHEN YOU WEREN’T NEEDED, MILKING OT, ETC.
[Don't go there John. Seriously, don't go there. Do you really want everyone at Area 5 telling stories about you?]
ALTHOUGH I USUALLY AVOID POSTING HERE, I WELCOME THE PUNISHMENT I AM ABOUT TO TAKE FOR THIS POSTING AND YES I AM SIGNING MY NAME TO IT.
[Oh, believe us, you'll be getting some flack - we've already seen some popping up in the comments]
THE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION IS AN OUTSTANDING ORGANIZATION AND ONE I AM PROUD TO BE A PART OF.
[We like to ensure that it truly is an outstanding organization. That's why we question and demand accountability instead of blindly trusting to people who have proven themselves less than trustworthy.]
Area 5 Detective Division
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