By Sam Richards
Bay Burghal News Foundation
What ample to be an account on the Concord Burghal Board affair agenda that would accomplish little or no accessible altercation instead prompted allocution about the charge for a banking analysis of bounded badge operations, and added adherence paid to “re-imagining” badge services.
The board ultimately approved, unanimously, spending about $640,500 on 16 new 2021 Ford Badge Interceptor SUVs. They will alter 15 Ford Crown Victorias and one Ford Taurus that have, as a burghal address says, “reached end of life.”
But that vote came afterwards several bodies criticized the acquirement as a pro-forma move that helps bolster longstanding, anachronistic means of badge operations back abounding association of Concord (and abounding added Bay Area cities and counties) are calling for a axiological re-imagining of how badge do their jobs. It additionally comes after the analysis of badge operations that some critics accept been calling for.
Some accessible commenters to Tuesday’s board affair additionally said that money can be spent added finer on amusing programs, including abandoned casework and brainy bloom services.
“I aloof don’t accept how you can absolve spending the money on these badge cars back you could fund, probably, three non-police emergency responders” with that money, said Mara Berton of Concord.
She had asked that the car acquirement account be removed from the meeting’s “consent calendar,” beneath which the amount was to accept been voted on with no discussion.
Gwynne Gilson of Concord, a above Contra Costa County brainy bloom specialist, told the board she believes the SUV acquirement money would be bigger spent on bactericide casework such as those rendered by the Central Contra Costa Family Justice Center in Concord. Those, she said, advice anticipate abomination afore badge accept to accord with it.
Added Greg Kremenlier of Concord, “The badge can drive their accursed cars for addition year, and it wouldn’t be a big accident for anybody.”
Council associates disagreed. The SUVs’ purchase, Councilwoman Laura Hoffmeister said, is replacing absolute assets and shouldn’t affect added programs.
“I’d abhorrence to say we couldn’t get out there (to a call) because our car was in the shop,” she said.
Later during the aforementioned meeting, the Burghal Board accustomed alpha assignment to actualize the city’s own Brainy Bloom Evaluation Aggregation to assignment full-time aural Concord, and to aggrandize the Coordinated Beat Referral and Engagement (CORE) abandoned beat aggregation from half-time to full-time.
The moves were declared by board associates as a “first step” in creating added absolute bounded beat programs that would be beheld by abounding as allotment of a re-imagined bounded emergency response. However, a antecedent of allotment for the programs — combined, about $300,000 added than the burghal now spends on its bisected of the absolute CORE aggregation — has not been identified.
Copyright © 2020 by Bay Burghal News, Inc. Republication, Rebroadcast or any added Reuse after the accurate accounting accord of Bay Burghal News, Inc. is prohibited.