Whether it’s normal attrition or cops getting the message they’re not wanted in Burlington anymore, the Burlington PD will soon be two-thirds of the way to its goal of reducing police officers by 30%. What will happen to the quality of policing when the city reaches its “goal”?
"When the officer count reaches 80, it will trigger “emergency staffing,” which refers to a different rotational schedule outlined in the police union contract. That will be a “moment of truth” for the department, Murad said at the meeting. “At that point, we really do lose the flexibility necessary to be able to perform the tasks that we’re currently performing.” He said the department has not resorted to emergency staffing since 1999."
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