Courtesy of KONP - home of the misspelled word and odd punctuation - comes word that Terry Gallagher wants to bring another CSO (or, as K-O-N-P puts it, C-S-O) to Port Angeles. Per their website (with grammar, spacing, punctuation and other issues intact):
A could a new classification of police officers help with crime fighting in Port Angeles.
The police chief thinks so.Chief Terry Gallagher says it may be time to think about creating a new classification of workers called Community Service Officers to help handle the city's increasing number of non-emergency calls for service.
Gallagher says many of the non-priority calls now assigned to commissioned police officers could be handled by the different classification of officers.
The C-S-O's don't require the same education or training as a police officers Gallagher says the C-S-O's could handle the lower-level calls such as animal complaints, fender bender accidents on private property and parking complaints, including abandoned or junk cars.
He says it would free up the more expensive employees to engage in better long-term problem solving efforts for the community.
Chief Gallagher says the go ahead to hire Community Service Officers would be a policy decision if permission is received from the Port Angeles City Council.
Now, to me, this doesn't immediately sound unreasonable. But...
There are no numbers attached. How many officers? He says he wants to "hire" them, so...How much will they be paid? Full-time or part-time? Contract workers? Benefits? And where in the budget does the money come from?
So what do you think? Is this a reasonable thing for Terry Gallagher to propose? Or, is this his own version of C-S-O empire building, that's likely to cost too much in the long run?
C-S-O, eh? Say, isn't that a load of crap?