Mpls. chief to cops: Lose cell phones, shut off cars

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 22, 2010 - 9:37 PM

Minneapolis police are projecting savings in excess of $8.3 million target set by council.

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openlyrightwFeb. 22, 10 9:58 PM

I love all these stories of govt cutting spending. It freshens my hopes that govt spending and the govt itself can shrink to a managable level.

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fwallenFeb. 22, 1010:03 PM

Using a 300HP engine to keep batteries charged make no sense except for a gov't agency that has no concern for the taxpayer.

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breezybobFeb. 22, 1010:07 PM

...that would be a great start. MPD, clean up your ranks!

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inrealityFeb. 22, 1010:18 PM

go through their budget and cut 20% without much problem at all. One of the dozens of command vehicles they have could save the department hundreds of thousands alone. The cushy retirement plans could be looked at and all the OT that the officers put in during there final few years of employment that goes towards calculating their retirement benefits. All the social programs that the office carries out could be cut and they could get back to law enforcement duties. If they need help just post a blog with who I should contact and I would be glad to help and I won't even charge.

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vespa50spFeb. 22, 1010:21 PM

Cutting police officers. I wonder what direction crime will go? Maybe we can have volunteers watching internet cameras ("web cops")like the Ramsey County Sheriff is doing.

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d44332211Feb. 22, 1010:40 PM

Don't cops need cell phones?

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wage0048Feb. 22, 1010:45 PM

Hey, you're absolutely right. They should put a little 4 cyl engine in the squad cars. Also, in order to avoid draining the batteries, the officers should be required to shut down their computers when they exit the vehicle. You don't mind waiting an extra five minutes or so for them to boot up their computers when your house is being robbed, do you?

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tboehlkeFeb. 22, 1010:55 PM

I could never figure out why they always left there cars running all the time. They are in a restaurant having lunch and the squad car stays running. That would be a no brainer,they should of been doing, forever. If this is one item there has to be so much more waste, probably enough to save half a mil and add more personnel.

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fwallenFeb. 22, 1011:02 PM

No problem with the V-8, just a problem using it as a battery charger. A little common sense is hard to find sometimes

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KayakbikerFeb. 22, 1011:04 PM

while talking on their cell phones. That should be outlawed for everyone, and they should set an example.

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