Pontiac To Disband Police Department

By: AP
By: AP

The cash-strapped City Of Pontiac has signed an agreement to disband its police department and turn patrols over to the Oakland County Sheriff.
Pontiac Mayor Leon Jukowski says the memorandum of understanding signed Tuesday means that by January the 66,000-resident city located will no longer have its own police department.
Fred Timpner, executive director of the Michigan Association of Police, the union representing Pontiac police officers, said the city should honor a contract that runs through 2012.
The Oakland Press and The Detroit News say the agreement that includes 24-hour patrols and dispatch services is expected to save the city about $2 million a year. Pontiac faces a $12 million budget deficit.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2010 at 01:07 PM
    This is going to be a growing trend across the state. Communities want protection, but they have to outsource it.
  • by non anonymous on Oct 13, 2010 at 10:52 AM
    They will get rid of good cops, then privatize and hire short, low IQ, Nazi cops. This is how other countries developed into third world countries.
  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Oct 13, 2010 at 09:32 AM
    This is the worst thing a city can do! The Police (and Fire) departments are the first line of protection and safety. Any community that takes this action will live to regret it in the long run. It may seem expensive at first, but there are other cuts in expenses that wouldn't endanger the public like this will. Good luck Pontiac. Thank you. Ricardo
  • by Greg Location: Lansing on Oct 13, 2010 at 05:54 AM
    There are only three ways to truly affect and address a staggering budget shortfall without raising taxes. And, decreasing payroll is the largest of the three techniques. Few employees know and or appreciate all the total and true costs associated with an employee. It is survival time. How many of us still have home land line phone service and a cell phone? I dropped my home service years ago. If the city can get the equivalent services from the sheriff's department, then this is a tough but reasonable act. Yes, the service will be different, and change is hard; but, when faced with a 12 million dollar shortfall, this is a acceptable and brave decision. I have traveled fairly far and wide and I believe that crime and deterrence are not exclusively affected and moderated by the police; but by education, and opportunity. I would rather choose to try this solution versus gutting every department and city service that this 12 million dollar hole has wrought.
  • by Paul Location: Mi on Oct 13, 2010 at 04:46 AM
    It is a sad state of affairs when a City has to disband a Police dept. Many of these officers have developed relations with the community and a public trust that takes years to culture.Maybe trimming some of the fat elsewhere would be a better solution.Why not rid yourself of public works too.These officers are a part of the community think about turning it to Public Safety...or better yet clean up the city and bring in new businesses to help with better tax base.
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