According to this Fox 26 story, Mayor Parker is considering decreasing the number of police officers to save money. I think I speak for many, many people when I say “THIS IS A BAD IDEA”. Yes Houston needs to save more money, and yes, that might require some innovation (like a Sunset Review Committee), but decreasing one of the few things we should actually spend money on? No.
More cops on the street doesn’t always equal more safety. So much of it depends on HPD management. Hopefully the proposed new chief Charles McClelland will do this well; however, less officers is not ideal when we are possibly 1,500 officers short as it is. Although this number came from the HPD union, it’s probably not too far off.
Not only is Mayor Parker considering reducing the number of cops, she is trying to get more bang for the buck from each officer by requiring them to volunteer guarding the police memorial (they are currently paid for this). I thought it was pretty obvious, but I guess I need to point it out: this is not the way to keep us safe or to recruit the best officers to Houston.
The article notes that this is just a consideration. Is anyone else tired of these questionable considerations from the mayor’s office? I’m still trying to give her the benefit of the doubt and hope that after laying all considerations on the table, this won’t make the cut.