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Re: “July 11-July 17, 2007

Regarding Alison Kavanaugh's comment, "Regardless, the police department needs to understand that they are not all-powerful and do not run this city with an iron fist." WHAT?? How exactly does this comment relate to wanting to receive a fair contract, or any of this story in any way?? I would love to know where she got the impression that our hard working officers are asking for supreme power or an "iron fist!" Most of them just want to do their job and protect the citizens - even those with a bad additude toward them, like Miss Alison Kavanaugh. Kat Heatherley - Boise

Posted by KAT HEATHERLEY on 07/13/2007 at 9:56 AM

Re: “War of Words

I am appalled at the unprofessional & irresponsible comments made by Mr. Shealy. Now we know why he is so resistant to negotiating with the Boise Police Union in good faith! He obviously has no regard or esteem for our police officers or the profession in general. It is already an arduous undertaking on the part of law enforcement to maintain the level of respect and admiration they deserve from the population. For an elected public official to make such disparaging statements does not add to the debate, but simply further encourages mistrust and suspicion, and undermines the work that our police department has done in the last few years to create a feeling of community between themselves and the public. Regarding the “Best in Class” offer, as the city calls it, I would like to address what may sound like a fair offer (6% to 11% over two years) to some on the outside. The percentage offered means very little without considering the current level of pay. You can offer someone a 50% increase, and sound very generous, but if the pay is already substandard, it isn’t necessarily as great of a deal as it sounds. After 12 years with BPD, my husband is making more than $20,000 less than he was making at LAPD back in 1995, while the cost of living & home prices have surpassed LA’s ‘95 levels. Also, Boise police are receiving lower wages than other, smaller departments here in Idaho, as well as many cities of similar size in other states. I implore the Mayor & city council to truly make an effort to do right on the part of our officers and their families in gratitude for the sacrifices they all make. Additionally I hope other citizens will join me in calling for the resignation of Mr. Shealy, as he obviously does not have the maturity or attitude necessary to negotiate appropriately, or make fair decisions without letting his personal distaste for law enforcement cloud his judgement.

Posted by KAT HEATHERLEY on 07/03/2007 at 7:58 AM

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