So, FAKE media created articles decrying super-sized over-time checks these double-time officers were earning.
This was MOVING FORWARD from our community public policing to what GLOBAL HEDGE FUND JOHNS HOPKINS wanted as a goal of a PRIVATE POLICE FORCE.
While those DOUBLE-TIME officers felt they were making great money those several years, the MOVING FORWARD wage structure will be that same global labor pool DARK AGES third wage------very soon. When a society creates these WINNERS in wages tied to GLOBAL SECURITY FORCES----this is what creates extreme criminal and corruption as seen in THIRD WORLD.
Baltimore May Hire 300 New Police Officers
January 20, 2014 at 5:45 pm
Big surprise (not). Baltimore is having trouble hiring police ...hotair.com/archives/2017/04/26/big-surprise-not...
There’s growing concern over a shortage of police officers in Baltimore City. Despite ramping up recruiting efforts, there’s still big turnover in the department. For only the second time in the last two decades, Baltimore hits 100 homicides before the end of April…
Baltimore City did indeed have trouble hiring new officers---no doubt because GOOD POLICE OFFICERS do not want to work in an environment of police brutality, organized crime and corruption. As well, back 2014 when the effort to hire 300 officers was taking place, that wage and hour scale was being installed.
NOT MANY PEOPLE RUSH TO WORK 16-18 HOURS A DAY----
Baltimore police department culled of over 300 police officers from street units -----NOW, MAYOR says we need hundreds more. What has happened over these several years----a complete change in employee composition that ends in conditions of criminality and corruption FAR-WORSE then before.
Pugh: Baltimore Needs Hundreds More Police Officers
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Jacob Troxell, WBAL NewsRadio 1090
Baltimore audit of rampant overtime spending by city police finds agency lacks controls to track officers' hours
Talia RichmanContact Reporter
The Baltimore Police Department’s reliance on antiquated systems — including recording officers’ attendance on paper — has left it unable to effectively prevent waste and fraud when it comes to rampant spending on overtime, a city audit found.
Even as auditors were in the midst of reviewing overtime, the department struggled to follow internal protocols designed to bring spending in check and went more than $30 million over budget. Compounding the issue, department leaders expressed doubt to auditors that it was possible to rein in overtime costs while working to bring down Baltimore’s crime rate.
City Finance Director Henry Raymond said the first phase of the review, released Wednesday, revealed the department “lacks internal controls that would allow the department to ensure officers are working all of the regular hours for which they are paid, as well as to ensure any overtime hours are necessary.”
The department spent $47.2 million on overtime in the fiscal year that ended June 30, though just $16 million was budgeted. That’s double what the agency spent in fiscal year 2013.
It’s the first update on the highly anticipated police overtime audit since Mayor Catherine Pugh declared the need for one more than a year ago, following new revelations of corruption with the department.
Baltimore’s city solicitor said the audit’s delayed release is due to a continuing federal lawsuit between the city and the police union.
Wednesday’s release contains “as much as we could without it having adverse impact on our litigation position,” said Andre Davis. “Phase Two is underway and will dig more deeply into the actual records of actual officers.”
The president of the police union could not be reached for comment.
During the review, the department continued to rack up overtime and flounder in its commitment to curbing the cost. In May, as many as 40 percent of officers patrolling the streets were working overtime.
City leaders blame the agency’s soaring overtime expenses on a dearth of patrol officers. Officials have for years lamented staffing shortages that push them to rely on overtime to supplement regular patrols.
Pugh called for an expedited overtime audit after a crew of officers were indicted on federal racketeering charges, including allegations that they committed overtime fraud. Members of the Gun Trace Task Force, who have since been convicted, said they were working overtime when they were not even in Baltimore.
Pugh and police commanders have since emphasized that the main cause of the overtime spending isn’t fraud, but a lack of available officers and a shift schedule that’s locked into the union contract. The schedule dictates that patrol officers assigned to the city’s nine geographic districts work one of three 10-hour shifts. Each officer gets three days off each week.
“Is there overtime abuse?
I believe so,” Pugh said. “But do we have the number of police officers we need? Absolutely not.”
Raymond said the city’s overtime system was hampered by a lack of accountability and enforcement, barriers to effective monitoring and supervision, a reliance on outdated systems and resistance to change.
The paper records — called roll books — are used by some patrol units and all nonpatrol units, the report states. White-out and eraser marks in the roll books suggest attendance is not always recorded on time.
“For the most part, time is kept manually,” Raymond said. “It’s very labor-intensive. The more paper you have, the more prone it is to error.”
Raymond presented a series of recommendations, which he said he expects the police department to implement.
“Reducing overtime costs is one of the department’s top priorities,” police spokesman Matt Jablow wrote in a statement. “To that end, we have already begun implementing several recommendations included in the overtime audit and, working with the mayor’s office, will continue that process over the next few months.”
The report said the department should require all officers to report to roll call every morning and that officers calling in sick should be required to use sick leave, rather than another form of leave. Raymond said the city is recommending the police department draft a policy that prohibits the awarding of paid days off without the use of approved leave.
Is there overtime abuse?
I believe so. But do we have the number of police officers we need?
Absolutely not. — Mayor Catherine Pugh
Under current policies, the report states, roll is taken at the start of a shift, and officers are marked present for the entire day, even if they leave before the end of the shift.
Additionally, the audit states that multiple commanders “acknowledged the practice of awarding a paid day off without requiring an officer to work and without requiring use of an accrued leave day.”
“Multiple commanders tried to justify the practice by arguing it was a necessary motivational tool,” according to the report.
The department also must issue a new overtime policy that “defines expectations for supervisors and officers,” Raymond said. There must be more training for supervisors on how to manage overtime, and consequences if they fail to do so.
In the long term, Raymond said, the city is suggesting greater investment in technology to help root out unnecessary overtime expenses. This would include the use of biometric scanning to record the times officers start and end shifts and GPS tracking of all unmarked police cars, which take officers to the far corners of the city, where monitoring their hours is difficult. The Baltimore Sun reported in February that the department had begun implementing the new biometric technology, but officials said Wednesday that had not yet been carried out.
The city loses out on more than just money when overtime costs spike — the union says officers are worn down after long days, making them less effective in a time when Baltimore is struggling to combat rampant violence.
The report notes that, at times, police officials have described the situation in binary terms: Either control overtime spending or effectively address crime. They have expressed doubt that both could occur simultaneously.
The audit report states that an “enormous cultural shift would be necessary to reduce overtime costs.”
“The focus is on reducing violence, but we must get a handle on our overtime,” Pugh said.
The city’s budget for the new fiscal year allocates $20 million for police overtime.
The audit report states that excess overtime costs must be understood in context: Some of the money is reimbursed by third parties such as the Maryland Stadium Authority, Johns Hopkins Hospital or other organizations.
It also states that the department’s overtime woes can’t be blamed solely on patrol staffing shortages: Of the 25 highest overtime earners last year, roughly 40 percent were assigned to duties other than patrol.
The City Council has been holding monthly accountability meetings about the police department, focusing on both the agency’s budget and its crime-fighting strategies.
Councilman Brandon Scott, chairman of the public safety committee, said the report holds “zero surprises.” He said he was disappointed that on Thursday, a little more than 24 hours after the report’s release, the council will be asked to sign off on the use of $21 million in excess tax revenue to pay for excess police overtime.
Scott said he hopes this attempt to reform the department’s overtime spending will be more effective than those of the past. He’s heartened by the extra oversight afforded by the federal consent decree.
Pugh was asked Wednesday whom she will hold accountable for these next steps at a department plagued by frequent turnover.
“The next police commissioner,” she answered.
It’s still unclear who that will be; interim Commissioner Gary Tuggle has said he does not want the job on a permanent basis.
While Baltimore Police Commissioner BATTS was brought from CA to install what we have today in Baltimore as TOTAL SATURATED PUBLIC SURVEILLANCE camera and microphone ----taking every single bit of US 99% WE THE PEOPLE civil rights and liberties tied to PRIVACY and setting the stage for what is today saturated NOSY NEIGHBOR AND THE GANG illegal surveillance and pornography RACKETEERING----as well as what we described as hosting a myriad of black market activities-----
Now, Baltimore City gets the next police commissioner from what EVERYBODY AND THEIR GRANDMOTHERS know has been the most criminal and corruption police force in US....NEW ORLEANS with HARRISON having 30 years of working inside that New Orleans criminal police structures.
'Michael Harrison Unanimously Confirmed By City Council, Will ...baltimore.cbslocal.com/2019/03/11/michael...
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore City Council unanimously confirmed acting police commissioner Michael Harrison as its new police commissioner. The 49-year-old assumed the role of acting police'
The task for HARRISON in MOVING FORWARD will be to assure absolutely none of what is a raging BLACK MARKET ECONOMY thriving on surround sound and video PUBLIC SURVEILLANCE is deterred.
So, as I sit outside in my back yard making clear all that is happening with my NOSY NEIGHBORS----as all that FEEDBACK is captured on THE NETWORK that includes this surround public surveillance structure hearing everything said by criminal pornography rings and me just trying to be safe-------nothing will change with HARRISON at the lead.
Baltimore City Council president: Michael Harrison is the right person for the job
Each time the 99% of WE THE CITIZENS BALTIMORE are told all these changes are REFORMING OUR BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT as more and more and more third world DARK AGES DEEP, DEEP, REALLY REALLY DEEP structures are installed.
New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison leaving to head Baltimore police
Updated Jan 8, 2019; Posted Jan 8, 2019
40 Gallery: New Orleans police chief Michael Harrison's tenure coming to an end
By Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison is leaving his position after nearly three decades on the force, according to a city spokesman. The NOPD confirms he has accepted an offer to become Baltimore’s next police commissioner.
In a statement, Harrison said serving as police superintendent the last four years, “has been the highest honor and privilege of my 28-year-career" with the NOPD. "This city and its people will forever hold a special place in my heart.”
REAL LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS have always supported our police officers-----as vital, as honest, as concerned for community and public well-being-----that is not what exists today in MOVING FORWARD----WE WANT OUR ALL-AMERICAN POLICE DEPARTMENTS BACK.
A deeper look into Baltimore Police Commissioner-designate's salary and contract
Michael Harrison expected to make $275,000 a year
Posted: 9:50 AM, Feb 06, 2019
Updated: 9:06 AM, Feb 07, 2019
By: Corey Shegda , Brian Kuebler
BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Board of Estimates approved a large salary for the new top cop for the Baltimore Police Department on Wednesday.
During their weekly meeting, the BOE approved a $275,000 salary for Commissioner-designate Michael Harrison. This is about a $65,000 bump from the last commissioner, but Mayor Catherine Pugh says the number is in line with what experts suggest.
"This is bringing in someone from out of town, someone who is retired from leaving their city, leaving the people, leaving his family, moving to this city,” the mayor said, “When we met with PERF, the police executive research team, they told us we would probably have to offer between 300 and 310 and I think we are doing well."
How does WORLD BANK/IMF come to the US ----the most advanced society regarding human rights/well-being/freedom/liberty/most modern AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT ---I AM MAN/WOMAN political structures and make them look just as FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES overseas?
They tell us our US cities cannot control all that criminality and corruption in our PUBLIC, LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT----so, global banking 1% need to come in and install global private security and policing structures-----
THAT IS THE MISSION SET FOR THE CURRENT BALTIMORE POLICE COMMISSIONER---HARRISON.
We will see all those WAGES/OVERTIME pay disappear very soon as global labor pool brought in to replace US citizens hired at a developed nation wage and salary.
NOLA cops so corrupt Feds have taken over
FROM THE BOING BOING SHOP
The Department of Justice has concluded its investigation into New Orleans's notoriously corrupt police force and concluded that it is so bad, so rotten from top to bottom, that the police have been placed under the supervision and authority of a fed judge. Next, the feds will take control of the city's hellish jails. The New Statesman's report on NOLA's version of justice sounds like something out of Baghdad or a Mexican border town or a wild west novel about corrupt frontier towns. Or Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Arizona.
Henry Glover, a 31-year-old African American, was shot by a police sniper as he picked up goods behind a shopping mall during Katrina. He was taken by his brother, a friend and a passer-by to a nearby school that police were using as a special operations centre. There a Swat team let Glover bleed to death and beat his rescuers. Another policeman took the body in the rescuer's car to the levee and torched it, putting two shots into the body (he later called that "a very bad decision"). The incinerated car with Glover's remains inside it lay a block from the police station for weeks.
Last December, three policemen were convicted for the crime: one of manslaughter, one of burning the body and one of falsifying evidence. Eleven other officers who admitted they had lied in testimony or withheld knowledge were reassigned to desk duty or suspended.
That the police force in New Orleans is "a significant threat to the safety of the public", as the DoJ says, is obvious. But the same problems can be seen all over the South, from Miami to Mississippi to Alabama; and the same nationwide, according to Paul Craig Roberts, a former editor of the Wall Street Journal and former assistant secretary to the treasury under Ronald Reagan, who wrote recently:
"Police in the US now rival criminals, and exceed terrorists as the greatest threat to the American public."