Mayor Pugh's po­lice re­cruit­ment prob­lem

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

First of all, I am glad that Mayor Cather­ine Pugh reads The Bal­ti­more Sun and can find out out what is go­ing on in Bal­ti­more through the pa­per. The prob­lem with slow-to-mid­dling re­cruit­ment ef­forts is noth­ing new in Bal­ti­more (“Pugh de­fends city’s ef­forts to re­cruit,” Feb. 7). Another term adopted by Mayor Pugh and her ad­min­is­tra­tion is a “smaller loss.” A loss is a loss, Mayor Pugh, and de­notes a prob­lem in your ad­min­is­tra­tion. How you try to char­ac­ter­ize it makes no real dif­fer­ence.

Does the mayor have the sta­tis­tics bro­ken down and cat­e­go­rized as to why po­lice are leav­ing the depart­ment? When will The Sun in­ves­ti­gate and print the rea­sons? How many years do the people leav­ing have un­der their belts? The ad­min­is­tra­tion is only con­cerned with the re­place­ment of people leav­ing as to why they are leav­ing. If it is pos­si­ble to stop the losses, it could make the prob­lem less se­ri­ous.

Ms. Pugh has sug­gested The Sun’s re­port­ing is mis­lead­ing, but no one ex­plains what she was talk­ing about. In what way mis­lead­ing? And then some­one fi­nally ad­dresses the real prob­lem of the 500 va­cant po­si­tions. City Coun­cil­man Bran­don Scott stated cor­rectly that the mayor needs to “cut the ex­cuses and make the depart­ment op­er­ate as ef­fi­ciently as pos­si­ble.” My question to Mr. Scott and the City Coun­cil is ex­actly what are you do­ing to help the mayor solve the prob­lem? There is def­i­nitely enough blame to go around, and the coun­cil shares in it. Re­mem­ber the idea of work­ing as a team for Bal­ti­more and damn the pol­i­tics?

And yes, Mayor Pugh, you did in­herit the re­cruit­ment prob­lem when you were elected two years ago. But af­ter two years, that prob­lem be­longs to you.

Stas. Chrzanowski, Bal­ti­more

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