Inglewood Mayor James Butts likes to “wax poetic” that he has single handedly turned around the City, however, the cracks in that fanciful tale has turned to fissures, as the Inglewood Police Officers Association Board of Directors alerted the public about challenges in the department.
The City has a $5 billion NFL stadium, an incoming $2 billion NBA arena, while our police officers are being burnt out due to staffing shortages.
Where did all the grant money go to hire more officers?
Where is the money from all these projects?
How exactly has Mayor Butts fixed the City’s finances because the math ain’t mathin’, and residents are concerned our safety is no longer the mayor and council’s priority.
Thank you to all the officers who have been here for the residents who remember it is the residents (NOT the Mayor) who you are here to protect and serve.
Many residents are hopeful those who have stayed through this most horrific transition from Pre Butt to the present will share with the young uniformed that bully tactics are not appropriate no matter how many hours you have been on shift or how tired you are.
Many are aware that long shifts are not easy on the physical body or ensure the best mental state of mind and certainly working a double shift beyond the normal scheduled shift in such a stressful job is a challenge we can not expect to provide us with the best service or provide officers a great level of alertness no matter how many overtime dollars are paid out.
Again our appreciation for not leaving us wondering if we might have to defend ourselves for lack of appropriate staffing (whether resulting from insufficient hiring or lateral transfers out/retirements.)
We are hopeful that in the future year-round resident safety rather than impress the Billionaires will once again be the New City Council’s Priority.
Many acknowledge the unexpected delays in officers going home impact families and hope this does not become routine.