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Posted almost 3 years ago

 

In one North Carolina town, some residents may not get an answer to their 911 calls because the police are running out of gas money.


In a town council meeting Tuesday night, Smithfield, North Carolina Police Chief Michael Scott will ask officials to let him use $30,000 meant for police supplies and gas for patrol cars, the Raleigh News and Observer reports. If he doesn't get the money, Smith said the police force may stop responding to some 911 calls and investigating misdemeanors because he's already cut patrols.


Smithfield isn't the only town looking for ways to cut costs to contend with budget woes. High unemployment and a struggling housing market have pushed more then half of US cities to cut, boost fees or cancel infrastructure projects, according to the National League of Cities. The situation has gotten so dire that deep state and local budget cuts may be slowing economic growth, according to The Associated Press.


City officials in Allen Park, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, announced Tuesday that they would lay off more then 30 police officers, firefighters and city workers, the Detroit Free Press reports. In Santa Ana, California a budget analysis found that the city may need to take steps including closing some fire stations at night to close a projected $30 million budget gap, according to Voice of OC.


One county is taking what some might argue is a more extreme approach to deficit reduction. Officials in Camden County, Georgia hiring prison inmates as firefighters last month to curb costs.


In Smithfield, town council members say there's no way the police will be forced to stop performing necessary services, even in tight economic times.


"I think we need to uncover every rock and every stone to see other areas where we could save some money," Councilman Perry Harris told the News and Observer.

 


 


Unreal. I agree they should be looking to other areas before they resort to cutting police and fire jobs.


You wouldn't go in there for a million bucks...A Cop does it for less...A Reserve does it for free....

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Okay. Nation wide problem.

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uncledennis1 says ...



Okay. Nation wide problem.



Just thought some parts were pretty shocking...like hiring inmates to be firefighters. Just caught my eye, thought Id share.


You wouldn't go in there for a million bucks...A Cop does it for less...A Reserve does it for free....

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This is a nationwide problem but that caught my eye also.  I do believe that is a first, prison inmates as firefighters.  Who would have thought that.

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A goverment's first duty is to protect its citizens.  Makes me wonder what their budget looks like!

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No surprise as it sickens me too.  Why cut the very agencies tasked with protecting and providing emergency treatment?  Nature of government everywhere and its been going on for decades or perhaps a century or two?


Inmates as fire fighters is not all that uncommon I have seen it in the midwest, the difference being that these inmates are on a "Work Release or Trustee" program and they are tasked with going out on brush fires and or grass fires to cut breaks and or provide extra manpower on an apparatus.  Just as long as they don't deputize em I think we wil be okay...

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this topic makes me nuts. in my area we have 3% of all our untilities taxed for police and fire protection. also in 1992 we voted a 1% increase in all our sales tax for fire and police service. yet they have closed our local jail and  terminated police and police personnel. who knows where the money is going that was ear marked for our police and fire.


here in california we also use inmates in fire fighting.

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Spectre3 says ...



This is a nationwide problem but that caught my eye also.  I do believe that is a first, prison inmates as firefighters.  Who would have thought that.



The same type of person that said FireFighters could mow empty lots because the just sit around most the time.