Thursday, April 10, 2008


This post requires your input as it raises a question I don't know the answer to.
That question is as follows.
Do the Reservists about to be sent overseas continue to receive their present salaries?
If the answer is yes then there is a serious financial problem here.
If the answer is no they go on suspended pay then the problem should be able to cover it's self.
Here's what I'm talking about.... Story Here..
The Department of Public Safety will lose at least 32 of its police and fire personnel to a possible deployment in Kuwait. Those reservists will have to go, and they have got a job when they come back. Meantime, we need to maintain peace and safety here,” said Norita. Another problem facing DPS is the lack of money to recruit and train new personnel. A cadet's training, including equipment, books and instructor fees, costs about $13,000 to $15,000.
My reasoning is this. If 32 officers will be leaving and their salaries discontinued, couldn't these discontinued salaries be the source of funds to recruit new cadets. But I don't know this answer, your input is needed. What do you think happens here? Place a comment below....


Bruce A. Bateman said...

I don't know about the reservists working for DPS or other gov't agencies, Glen.

Common sense (sorry Ambrose) would dictate they are put on admin leave and return to their old post when they are mustered out of active duty.

I seem to remember that Rep. Yumal was on the Legislative payroll the whole time he was serving in Iraq.

I know there is a National Guard coalition that has signed up some local businesses into a group with a code of ethics requiring members to keep a job open for the returning reservists in their employ.

A bigger question is how the heck will they maintain a working force with that many officers leaving at one time. That is a sizable percentage of the entire force.

glend558 said...

Having their jobs upon returning doesn't seem to be a problem but adding 30 some new recruits along with paying the ones leaving would be a load for any department.

lil_hammerhead said...

They aren't paid while they're on military duty. The concern is the costs involved with training new officers. As Clyde said, $13 - $15,000 per officer. It is my understanding you can't transfer funding from personnel to other areas. At least that's whats been published a number of times. It's probably also revenue that is not really there.. it's there on paper, and it's collected over time to meet payroll, but the 13-15,000 X 32 is probably not available all at one time, or within the span of a short period, to dole out. Then there's the cumbersome process of actually directing the funds to the correct accounts, after you've identified them.

My question is.. what happens to the 32 new replacement officers, when the original 32 return? Are they suddenly out of a job. That was alot of money to spend on training to see temporary officers.

They can cut down on their recent excessive traffic activities and do without until the return of the 32.

glend558 said...

I'm sure there other options, Commish Norita will do a good job, I feel.