Safe neighborhoods will feel the pain.
Give the Madison Police Department a wet rag to chew on. We won’t know until Tuesday 10-06-2020 when Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway proposes next year’s operating budget but it sounds like she will take a hack saw to MPD.
Satya (Progressive Dane) says she will “reimagine public safety,” which is Leftie lingo for defunding the police.
The Werkes surmises MPD will get pared well beyond the average 5% the mayor seeks across the board in order to close a projected $20 million to $25 million shortfall due to the pandemic. The betting line in our on-line poll of 15% is looking better every day. Of MPD’s budget, 88% is personnel on a force of 480 sworn officers and another 116 civilian employees — well, you do the math. We see something like 60 police and 15 civilians.
In a manifesto issued Thursday (10-01-2020) the mayor says she will offload an unspecified amount of the police budget to public health, community development, and transportation.” Satya ran for office last year on a grandiose scheme for rapid bus transit.
Like progressives everywhere, Satya confuses with correlation with causation. Satya:
“Community groups [Freedom Inc.? Party for Socialism & Liberation?] made the case that our schools are over-policed and the data shows disparate results. This summer, in a big win for the advocates who had been working on this for so long, the school board worked with the City to cancel the contract for officers in schools as they work to envision a new way of providing safety in the school system.
Which means they have no idea what to do but hope to come up with something. The mayor says she has asked the police union to take a pay cut; they are refusing. Satya continues:
“My focus will be on building the City’s support for violence prevention and alternative response models, which will take calls and responsibilities off MPD. This fall we are partnering with the County to investigate a models of responding to behavioral health crises with social services instead of law enforcement.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Yes, crime is a public health problem. Crime was very bad for the health of Anthony Chung, Anisa Scott, Dr. Potter and Mr. Carre.
Tell firstname.lastname@example.org what you really think.
Downtown Madison is all in
At its most recent meeting, the Capitol Neighborhoods Executive Council discussed and, in a nearly unanimous vote, adopted a resolution which calls on Madison Mayor Rhodes-Conway and the Madison Common Council to examine the Madison Police Department budget and identify possible ways resources devoted to MPD may be reprioritized away from the department and to desperately needed social services.
Capitol Neighborhoods includes Bassett, Miffland, James Madison, First Settlement and Mansion Hill neighborhoods — all on the isthmus.
Have YOU called your alders?