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How Does This Police Budget Diversion Work?

PFDPFD Senior MemberPosts: 1,297 Senior Member
If it only applies to next year's budget then it might be less sticky.
Aren't there laws that might prevent being taxed for "more cops" and then having a large part of that money "diverted" to some program intended to benefit people of a specific demographics.
A lot of that is being tossed around.
I have no problem with tax payer funded social programs.  I actually donate some here and there. I don't care the race of the recipient.
When I vote for tax appropriations though, I think the money should go where it was represented to have been needed.
That's all I got.

Paul

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  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 2,071 Senior Member
    edited June 8 #2
    How it will wind up working in the end is the budget formerly for the Police department will get diverted to the Sheriff's department, whether the city commissioners want it to or not.  I have seen it happen before locally.  The city shut down the police department and hired the Sheriff's department to handle law enforcement duties.  The Sheriff has specific deputies (probably the police officers who lost their jobs) who are assigned to that city (their squad cars are even so marked).  When it happens that way it is not necessarily a bad thing.....policies and procedures are more standard across the county.
  • PFDPFD Senior Member Posts: 1,297 Senior Member

    Sorry, poorly worded.

    I wonder more about the elected officials that look like they actually may take funds collected on the premise that they will be used for law enforcement and instead divert them for their own pet projects.

    What's next?

    https://www.kiro7.com/news/trending/what-does-defunding-police-mean/TE4QLMNCHRDPZJIX7PBDEIQE34/

    "True to his word, Ellison, at a rally in Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon, joined eight other council members in announcing their intent to end the Minneapolis Police Department through budgetary means, KSTP reported. The commissioners said they would divert funds intended for the police department toward a community-based public model, the television station reported.

    “We have a paradigm for safety that is rooted in community and justice. We have seen it the last two weeks, Council member Phillippe Cunningham told the crowd. "The reality is that people have been doing this work for decades and not being paid. We have poured that money into the police department and where has it gotten us?”



    That's all I got.

    Paul
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 16,768 Senior Member
    I'm sure that a good share of those funds were Federal Funds clearly earmarked for Law Enforcement....the outcome of transferring those funds to "whatever" will be entertaining...
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  • PFDPFD Senior Member Posts: 1,297 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    I'm sure that a good share of those funds were Federal Funds clearly earmarked for Law Enforcement....the outcome of transferring those funds to "whatever" will be entertaining...
    🙏 Just being reminded of that will help me sleep better tonight.
    That's all I got.

    Paul
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 20,875 Senior Member
    edited June 9 #6
    Here's one scenario, <sarcasm> You see someone being beaten, being a concerned citizen, you call 911 get the victim some help...

    "911 what's you emergency?"

    "There's a person being beaten in the street"

    "Please wait while we connect you to a counselor to help you with your stress/PTSD from witnessing this" </sarcasm>
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,292 Senior Member
    edited June 9 #7
    Civilization is a thin veneer; scratch way too many folk with a loofah sponge and some soap and water, and the uncouth animal underneath the veneer is exposed. These folk that think they can throw some money at social programs and everything will be sweetness and light are on the wrong track, and too dumb to know it.
    Kind of like the Socialists that think they can tweak Socialist dogma a little bit and outperform capitalism. Socialists and S.J.W warriors suffer from the same defect; neither have done any study on the history of human nature, and that is why they always fail.
    Trying to take Federal funds earmarked for the police and put them in non police social programs may be a bridge too far to cross.
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,152 Senior Member
    Pulling the police budget will result in a lot of these communities burning.

    The most efficient process is probably to divert the funds to the fire department.
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
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