It looks to us that Chief Mills is using the current City of Eureka budget debacle as an opportunity to force the changes he been wanting to make. He has laid out those changes in the past, before the current budget “crisis” but has come up against internal and external resistance.
He has stated in the past he wanted to cut PSO’s, and it looks like he’s getting rid of all but two.
He has come up with a modern version of Murl’s old and failed mail in crime reports disaster. Oddly, the new system is called “CopLogic®”, which is an electronic version of the mail in reports. This is an excellent way lowering the reported crime rate in Eureka, since many people won’t take the time to file their own police reports since they know nothing will be done.
His new policy on responding to calls almost sounds like, “We will only respond if we want to or it’s going to make headlines!”
The CAD/RMS system will help analyze when to deploy officers, so he can continue to try and make it look like the crime numbers are down.
EPD will longer respond to “non-injury” traffic accidents, so grandma will have to exchange information with the sketchy tweeker who hit her parked car.
Untrained citizens will be forced to deal with hypodermic needles and dispose of them. We guess the neighborhood kids can round them up!
He is going to make it really difficult for sex registrants to register. Obviously they are so cooperative anyway, so this won’t effect anyone.
The Traffic Division will make money for the department by focusing on vehicle abatement and impounds rather than traffic enforcement. The city doesn’t get that much revenue from traffic fines, but towing vehicles is a big money maker!
Most of these changes are ones that Mills has talked about in his many appearances on KINS talkshop since he became chief so they really don’t come as a surprise for anyone who been paying attention. He’s also brought them up in past “reports” to the City Council. It’s pretty obvious that Mills is using this budget cycle to implement the lower level of service he wanted for EPD all along.