(Here is a bit of a rewrite of a story published three years ago. It appeared as a Bob’s Blog piece in http://foreveryoungnews.com/)
Lately there has been a lot in the media about police budgets. Unlike most people’s, police budgets keep getting bigger.
In December 2014, criminologist Michael Kempa wrote about the issue in a piece in the Toronto Star (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/how-to-get-a-grip-on-swelling-police-budgets-1.1172442)
He cited “leapfrogging” contracts and the ever-increasing complexity of social problems that police deal with as two reasons for the increases.
Kempa thinks we need to get police services back to their “core functions.”
This is, of course, not a new idea. Long-time police critic and former Toronto mayor John Sewell reiterated his long-held view that “police should go back to the fundamentals.”
“Get out of the car instead of using the drive-through lane,” he told the London Free Press (http://www.lfpress.com/2012/12/11/former-toronto-mayor-john-sewell-says-police-need-to-return-to-fundamentals-such-as-dedicated-beat-cops-and-neighbourhood-patrols.)
This week in Toronto (February 15-21, 2016) there is a budget battle in the works with some Councillors determined to make some change to the police budget. Good luck to them. We’ll need courageous municipal politicians to step to the plate, draw a line in the budget sand and force police services to explore these or any new ideas.
I was once such a courageous municipal politician. That’s my story anyway.
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and a Slow Driver
I drove like an undertaker for some time after my 15 minutes of oppositional fame. To this day, I bet there is no one who does the textbook-perfect lane changes that I do.