Reduce Police Staffing in Redding CT to align with actual needs and character of our town
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The budget pressures on Redding taxpayers are becoming more and more apparent. The value of the town’s grand list is projected to go down, the town taxpayers will need to shoulder an increased amount of the Region 9 budget, and many taxpayers will be affected by the new federal tax laws limiting deductibility of state and local taxes. Furthermore the town should expect that the state will continue to try to shift certain costs, historically born by the state, to the town.
All this creates a scenario where the Town of Redding needs to re-evaluate what services it provides and how it provides them at a much more fundamental level than has been done historically.
The level at which we staff our police force is a prime example.
If our policy is that no officer should have to go on certain calls without backup, a policy A Better Redding CT agrees with, there are a variety of staffing models to address this, including:
2 town police officers on duty on all shifts
1 town police officer on duty supported by a Resident State Trooper or an officer from a neighboring town based on a mutual aid agreement or shared services model.
Converting to using the CT Resident State Trooper program to address Redding's police needs and doing so at a level sufficient to ensure that a trooper has access to backup.
None of these staffing models justifies the current staffing level at the Redding Police Department which includes: one chief, one captain, four patrol supervisors, nine patrol officers, one detective, a year round, full-time school resource officer, a part-time school safety officer who only works while school is in session, one animal control officer, one communications supervisor, four full-time dispatchers, two part-time dispatchers, one special officer, and nine auxiliary officers.
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