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Military Opinion / Re: Military Pay Scale 2010
« on: July 21, 2010, 01:38:44 AM »
That's sad. A deputy sheriff w/12 years experience makes the equivalent of an E-3 with less than four.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Man gone wild
« on: July 21, 2010, 01:00:08 AM »
Well bob, im not they guy in the black robe so maybe you should call the probate judge and ask that question.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Man gone wild
« on: July 20, 2010, 11:55:14 PM »
The mean and heinous Jim Beasley here. Everything has been done huh? Has Bob requested an order of protection? Since the SO serves them and I haven't seen one, I'd say no because I would take great relish in serving that order since the subject in question claims I have ruined his life, turned his family and friends against him, turned the church against him and all the charges i filed have caused him to be unable send his daughter through college. but i guess the court records will reflect i've done nothing. at least have your facts in line if you butt is going to lead your mouth bob.

Lighter News / Re: Yellow Cab Rude..
« on: June 01, 2010, 09:20:45 PM »
Charles Fenton

Local News / Re: Mobile Meth Lab
« on: August 14, 2008, 03:01:18 PM »
So we don't get accused of tooting our own horn, Dixon PD's officer was extremely helpful during the incident. 

Local News / Re: Click Here For Live Election Primary Results!
« on: August 06, 2008, 05:12:41 AM »
     I hate to make JT sound good but I have to disagree about the female deputy thing.  He did hire 341.  But on the other hand, I will reapply if he wins, just so I can collect unemployment and my massive amount of comp time. 

Why follow someone for five, ten, maybe even fifteen miles on a county road waiting for a streetlight.  If there is a doubt about your safety, you can call 911.  They can keep you on the line until you can be told it is the police trying to stop you.  Another thing you can do is to turn you hazards on so the officer knows you acknowledge their presence.  Slow down until you reach a well-lit area or until you have cell signal. 

County Government Opinion / Re: How's the Prosecuting Attorney Doing?
« on: June 02, 2008, 02:28:42 PM »
Someone posted the Republican committee would not support a recall election.  I wonder how they would feel that she was secretly supporting a democratic candidate that used to be sheriff and giving him info to use against the current candidate, who happens to be a republican.  OOPS.

National Political Opinion / Re: war in iraq
« on: June 02, 2008, 02:22:53 PM »
     I have a question.  Everyone alleges this war is what is making our gas prices and economy to suck toilet water.  If that is the case, are we doing anything to encourage Iraq "to help a brother out?"  For instance, help support our oil demand or we pull our troops out.  Then they can be like so many third world countries that we could not give a crap about. 
     Don't get me wrong, I support the fight against tyranny, terrorists, and any other criminal ideology but it is our men and women dying to do so.  I feel we should get some kind of props.  But then again, maybe that would not make us any better than the street corner bully that protects whoever pays him.   

County Government Opinion / Re: TAXES FOR LAW ENFORCMENT
« on: May 04, 2008, 05:13:39 PM »
Rock ON.  I'm there.  Just give me a date and time and I will bring and drag everyone I know. LOL

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: April 28, 2008, 06:36:47 AM »
Citizens of Pulaski County,
     Help me understand this.  From what I understand, JT allegedly kept the public uninformed about the daily goings on in the Sheriff's Office.  During his term, JB has kept the public informed about the Sheriff's Office, the good and the bad.  However, for the most part, I still see there does not seem to be a large visible support for the Sheriff's Office.     
     I've seen one person approach the commissioners about the travesty.  I see hundreds, maybe thousands, of comments about a LE tax but where is the flood of support when the rubber meets the road.  There have been some private donations to buy this and that but still JB says he needs manpower and more equipment.  There was an ebb of support when a deputy was shot which provided new vests. 
     What do the commissioners have to fear? Or any elected official for that matter.  What would the Daily Guide print if there were three hundred people on the agenda to approach the commissioners about the state the Sheriff's Office is in, funding wise.  Imagine that front page picture.  Imagine if they kept coming expressing their dissent weekly.  Imagine if three hundred people perched themselves in the prosecutor's office, the sewer district, or anywhere in the county. 
      What are we doing to hold our elected officials accountable? I would wager if a deputy was seriously injured in a traffic crash, due to faulty or aging equipment, Aaron Sachs would get the elected officials attention.  But to what end, that only hurts the citizens because it deprives the county of funds that it could have spent elsewhere.
      For instance, what good is this post going to do. It will tell you my opinion.  Whoopee.  You will forget it shortly.  But, I guess I could get a warm and fuzzy feeling that I spoke my piece.  Now, I am good until something else ticks me off.  Then I can get a warm and fuzzy again. 
      Suppose while walking through the woods, you get a thorn stuck in your pants.  You could favor one cheek while you sit but eventually you will get poked again.  Until you take off the pants to remove the thorn, what have you accomplished beyond temporary relief.  It's like scratching a hemorrhoid with sandpaper.  It feels good at first but you'll pay in the end. [no pun intended]
      In summary, I do not feel any elected official is going to pay any attention to anyone until they are made uncomfortable.  I can make someone agitated by phone, message, or even a gesture.  But until I am up in their face, they are not uncomfortable.  Citizens of Pulaski County unite to keep your government accountable.       

County Government Opinion / Re: TAXES FOR LAW ENFORCMENT
« on: April 27, 2008, 06:10:50 PM »
Who could help but be critical of JT Yoakum... oops, I mean Roberts.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: April 25, 2008, 11:56:26 AM »
     Don't feel too warm and fuzzy Sheriff. LOL Don't get me wrong, I still think there are things we can do even without a sales tax.  However, I think there are probably people outside the department that can look at the situation without the jaded views we have and possibly suggest something.  If they are a successful business person or have LEO experience that's great.
     You think having a strong patrol division is an answer.  I think having more detectives is the answer.  I can be wrong. It doesn't happen often [tee hee].  In my world, you get the best of both sides. You might be losing a patrolman or two but not really. I've taken a call or two in my ten and one-half years, I can handle it.  They just gotta ask.  I can't ever remember turning them down for an emergency call. 

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: April 25, 2008, 11:47:27 AM »
     Another thing I keep hearing about is the salaries. At Taney County, county employees were on a longevity bonus program.  What that encouraged was longer employment. It went in three year increments.  The first two years, employees were given a $.15 raise.  The third year, they received $1.50.
     For example, you start employees at $6.50 per hour. On the first anniversary or your next fiscal year, they would make $6.65/hr.  The next year, $6.80/hr. The third year, jumps to $8.30/hr.
     Doesn't seem like much at first but if you look at someone like Scott Dumas then it does.  Suppose when he started thirty years ago, the deputies got paid $3.50/hr.  If the county had this program, he could be making $21.50/hr or close to $47,795 a year on a 171 hour pay scale.
     I think I started in 2004 at $10.11/hr. With this system, I would be making $12.06/hr or close to $26810 a year.  However, I actually make $10.54/hr or near $23430.50 a year.  And I will be celebrating, if you want to call it that, my fourth anniversary next month.  Heck, I was smart enough to divorce my ex before my fourth anniversary and it was heaven compared to this sometimes. LOL

    Just food for thought.  I am actually ok with my salary.  Would I take more...? DUH! But again, I am a single guy with no children...Lucky for me and the world. LOL 

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: April 25, 2008, 07:06:26 AM »
     I agree Law101.  But let me ask this.  How do we as citizens make that happen?  Do we think we can get a strong enough united front together to change things?
     Sometime after I left Vernon County, the circuit judge did something that took some huge knockers.  He ordered the county commission to pay the deputies a certain salary because he thought they were worth more than $19,000 a year.  I don't know the exact amount but it was a significant pay increase.  If the commission had not complied, the judge was prepared to have them arrested for contempt of court. 
     Will that work here?  I don't think so since there isn't anymore money.  I don't know if the judge had to answer for his decision, ie losing the election.  However, his bravery got the ball rolling.  Their deputies have gotten considerable pay raises since then and are some of the highest paid among third class counties.  The voters just passed a jail tax for a new jail.  They also have two deputies that are assigned to the area drug task force. 
     There has to be some way, besides a survey, for the citizens to let the commission know they mean business.  That is why they are do what you feel is important.  If the roads are important, you will vote for a guy who thinks road are important, etc...
      So now citizens, the ball is your court.  What will we do to take control of this mess and fix the problems.   

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: April 23, 2008, 02:30:12 AM »
No comment...

County Government Opinion / Re: Crime Victims, Which matters more?
« on: April 20, 2008, 05:46:50 AM »
    The military analogy was more for the others out there.  I know you know our shortfalls.  However, with you as Sheriff, I can not complain much but I do have to agree with Crazy Horse. 
     I understand your argument, maybe even more than you believe.  However, being the type of person I am...just because one door slams in my face, I am not going to give up.  I am going to evaluate my resources and figure a different approach out. 

     I am seeing the situation in Pulaski County is futile.  Overseas employment is looking more and more attractive.  I always thought I could be the bigger guy [which I'm big enough already LOL] and think nothing could ever force me to give up being the police.  But I can only beat my head against a wall for so long until I get a concussion.  Oh, and it is not a money issue. 

County Government Opinion / Re: Crime Victims, Which matters more?
« on: April 20, 2008, 05:39:11 AM »
Yankee Trader,
    I do not have a dog in this hunt since I can not vote in this county.  I know three of the candidates but know nothing about the fourth, except rumors.  If one gets in, I will not be here.  If JB stays, that's great.  I know what to expect from him.  I can't say what will happen with the other I know. I can only say it will be different in some way. 

     My purpose for this post is I am FRUSTRATED.  Like JB, I have seen crime increase rapidly in this county with no steps being taken to positively combat it.  Like JB, I would love to see a sales tax.  But if I learned anything over my period of being employed in Pulaski County, it is don't hold your breath waiting for something because you'll only be out of breath. 

County Government Opinion / Re: Crime Victims, Which matters more?
« on: April 19, 2008, 05:01:49 PM »
Ok, I see my finger calculator was not working correctly today.  I meant to say 6 for pow camps.

County Government Opinion / Re: Crime Victims, Which matters more?
« on: April 19, 2008, 04:56:02 PM »
     With all due respect, it should matter what the citizens think since everyone at the courthouse should have to answer to them.  Yes, the commission is an issue, I will not dispute that.  Hopefully, the citizens think that is a problem and will correct it.  You have taken huge steps in trying to bring the department up to a properly equipped agency.  KUDOS.  I love that. 
     Granted, you only have a small amount of people to work with.  I got that.  You have a limited budget, I got that.  The sales tax is not going to be on the ballot this year, I got that.  There may not be enough money to last all year, I got that.  I understand everything to include the Sheriff's Office is between the eight ball and the corner pocket and the cue ball is bearing in fast. 
     I don't care about my workload.  You know I would work eighty hours a week if my body would take it for an extended period of time. In fact, I would do it for free if I could afford to.  You also know, I will continue to bust my hump until you decide you do not need me anymore. 
     I do care about that crime victim.  I do care about doing the right thing.  I do care about working with the city council of St. Robert to start a pawn shop registry.  I do care about starting internet predator stings.  I do care about being aggressive so the criminals begin to feel unwelcome.  I do care about having properly trained law enforcement.   
     Some of these things will not happen until funding is available. Some of them CAN happen if the time is spent to figure out how.  Since these are issues that will affect the citizens, I think it does matter what the citizens think. 

     Let's try a different approach.  Let's say you are a squad commander protecting a village.  If I remember correctly, a squad generally runs about 12 people. You've been given an additional six people which brings you to eighteen.  You have three missions in life. Keep the general happy, guard your POWs, and protect the village until relief arrives or you are no longer an operational unit.
     You take eight people and set up POWs camps.  You put 11 people on the front line to fight the battle and one behind them with a mortar tube.  For several days, this is effective in keeping the flood of enemy combatants away from the village. 
     However, the enemy soon masses troops on the horizon but may be inside mortar range.  Would it not make sense to set up more mortars and possibly reduce the amount of bodies your front line guys have to deal with, even though it might reduce your number strength on the front line. 
     Now, let's add this twist.  Since you see the enemy massing, you call the "national guard" [aka reserve] units that you have available and reinforce your line.   

County Government Opinion / Crime Victims, Which matters more?
« on: April 19, 2008, 03:57:55 AM »
     All individuals feel free to answer.  I addressed the question to crime victims because they are impacted the most by this decision.  I was told it was more important to have people to answer calls than to investigate the initial calls.  I want to know what the public thinks.  If you are satisfied with that answer, so be it.

     Which is more important to you?
      A-Having a law enforcement official respond to your crime, take the report, and it gather dust waiting for follow up?
      B-Having more detectives so when that report is taken, there is a larger chance it will be followed up on and solved?

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Noise Ordinance
« on: April 16, 2008, 02:02:22 AM »
      Inside the municipalities there may be a noise ordinance.  They have the authority to make laws that would restrict noise to certain times of day, etc...  They also have the power to create ordinances.  Pulaski County is a third class county and by state statute can not make any ordinances.  Therefore the short answer is no, there is not a "noise ordinance".  There is however a peace disturbance statute that the county can enforce if it chooses to do so. 

County Government Opinion / Re: How's the Prosecuting Attorney Doing?
« on: April 16, 2008, 01:57:11 AM »
     I agree with you Cowboy.  As an insider, I have seen too many times when things happen and the blame game is played.  Do not misunderstand me! Mrs. Hooper genuinely cares about the community and has a difficult job.  I know many attorneys that would not take the cut in pay to do the job.
     It is my belief the main problem with the prosecuting attorney's office is organization.  As for her staff, follow the military principle.  People are only as good as the person leading them.  If the elected official is disorganized then the staff has to try twice as hard just to keep up. 

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Noise Ordinance
« on: April 13, 2008, 04:07:52 AM »
     We do not have a noise ordinance but if law enforcement officials read the statutes, peace disturbance will cover it. For the rest of the county, here is the statute from the internet.  It is not the deputies job to determine if the offender will be charged but to file the report.  Let the prosecutor drop the ball.

574.010. 1. A person commits the crime of peace disturbance if:

(1) He unreasonably and knowingly disturbs or alarms another person or persons by:

(a) Loud noise; or

(b) Offensive language addressed in a face-to-face manner to a specific individual and uttered under circumstances which are likely to produce an immediate violent response from a reasonable recipient; or

(c) Threatening to commit a felonious act against any person under circumstances which are likely to cause a reasonable person to fear that such threat may be carried out; or

(d) Fighting; or

(e) Creating a noxious and offensive odor;

(2) He is in a public place or on private property of another without consent and purposely causes inconvenience to another person or persons by unreasonably and physically obstructing:

(a) Vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or

(b) The free ingress or egress to or from a public or private place.

2. Peace disturbance is a class B misdemeanor upon the first conviction. Upon a second or subsequent conviction, peace disturbance is a class A misdemeanor. Upon a third or subsequent conviction, a person shall be sentenced to pay a fine of no less than one thousand dollars and no more than five thousand dollars.

Local News / Re: Race for Sheriff
« on: April 04, 2008, 03:38:41 AM »
    So has anyone said what they would like from their next sheriff or see from the next term?  I would like to hear from the candidates to see what they plan on doing for the department and to improve morale. What policies would be enacted [if any] to improving the standard of training, etc...
     What I am aiming for is everyone wants to blame the turnover on wages and benefits.  I know that can not be the only source of frustration within the department.  As experienced Sheriffs, I would like to have JB and JT address the things they have learned and how they plans to correct the problems they have discovered.  For Bill and Terry, I would like to hear the areas they think have room for improvement and how they would address those issues. 
     It would be nice if there was a public forum where the public could address the candidates, in person.  Unless I missed something.  I would also like to see the same forum for the commissioners.  How else would someone know what they stand for. 

County Government Opinion / Re: TAXES FOR LAW ENFORCMENT
« on: March 27, 2008, 07:21:51 AM »
In my post where I alleged there would be 50K in savings, I said each department would enter their own MULES. Therefore allowing dispatch to dispatch. 

County Government Opinion / Re: TAXES FOR LAW ENFORCMENT
« on: March 25, 2008, 03:48:00 AM »
Apparently, I'm not understanding your statements.  Comm Center seems to be unqualified because they cater mainly to fire and EMS.  You said they are not trained to be law enforcement dispatchers.  So I said I would be satisfied with a LE dispatch center that every LE agency would use. 
However, I believe if it happens, I will be so old and senile that I won't get to enjoy it.  But I don't think it will happen.  There are just too many moving parts for the budget right now.  I just think it would be nice to have.  But it would also be nice to have MDT's [in car MULES and CAD computers].  Oh well, I will quit while I still have some hope that someday my wishlist will be completed.

County Government Opinion / Re: TAXES FOR LAW ENFORCMENT
« on: March 25, 2008, 02:52:06 AM »
And to address the telephone call issue, calls for service would go through the central agency, whoever that might be.  As far as calls for the jail, deputies, CCW, etc..., an automated system would filter the calls and forward them to where they need to go. 
For instance, if I wanted to call Deputy Smuccatelli [not a real guy by the way], I would call the number and press the appropriate number.  If he was unavailable, I would leave a message for him/her to call.  If the deputy did not call, it is awful hard for him to argue that dispatch did not give him the message. 
Now that I think of it, that may be a good thing to have even if there isn't a central dispatch.  If someone needs the police, they dial a certain extension.  But for everything else, a computer will transfer you.  Would make the deputies a little more responsible to the public.

County Government Opinion / Re: TAXES FOR LAW ENFORCMENT
« on: March 25, 2008, 02:44:06 AM »
Oh, I see.  Then I would be satisfied with a central law enforcement dispatch center.  Truthfully, [no offense to other emergency services] I couldn't normally care less what they are doing unless it affects me.  If someone is having chest pains, it doesn't affect me.  Unless those chest pains are because they were a robbery victim.  Which the chest pains still don't affect me, but it is another person I have to account for in my crime scene. 
My only thought with a full central dispatch is that maybe we could eliminate some of the conflicts that occur between fire, EMS and law enforcement.  Mainly evidence integrity issues and having everyone and their cousin at a crime scene.
However I still think every agency would have to participate for it to be truly successful.  For instance, a central dispatch center could appropriate large numbers of officers to a situation in a few seconds, instead of having to use the phone.  An example would be the Oasis shooting.  If there was a central dispatch, every agency in the county would know what was going on in real time, making it easier for officers to be where they are needed.  Also, depending on the incident, there could be a central frequency to use besides ones that other agencies in the area may overpower. 
Food for thought. 

County Government Opinion / Re: TAXES FOR LAW ENFORCMENT
« on: March 25, 2008, 12:24:19 AM »
So it seems I have succeeded in stirring a hornet's nest.  Yankee Trader is saying even the dispatcher's he trained are incompetent since even the county is not qualified to be the central dispatch center for the county.  As far as MULES entry, it would be a 24 hour service by the agency with the warrant or paper which means if the county is not the central dispatch center, it would still have someone at the window 24/7 entering MULES.
As far as SWAT, you could have more than one team if all the agencies participated.  You could also have several officers from different shifts on each team so the impact is not so harsh.

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