In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
What can the Antioch Police Department do to entice experienced officers to its police force?
FIND OUT WHY experienced officers are not staying and fix it.
I CAN'T UNDERSTAND where the problem is. Oakland and Richmond, with higher crimes rates, have officers. Advertise in other cities, newspapers, other states. We cant afford any other incentives. How about interns from the police academy? We just can't afford anything else since the city and state has created millions in debt with poor decisions.
IT DOES NOT take, nor is it necessary, monetary or benefits enticements to draw experienced outside police officers to apply for positions in Antioch.
Real and mature experienced police officers seek the challenges and experiences that Antioch currently has to offer, and the existing wages and benefits for Antioch officers is but an additional plus. The city and Police Department just have to properly "market" itself to potential applicants -- there will be many who will seriously consider and apply for the positions.
Experienced outside police officers only looking for a quick gain and/or a very near retirement with increased retirement pay and benefits thereafter, are to be shunned and eliminated from consideration. We cannot be the "Santa" for them. There are many experienced officers with otherwise good intentions seeking these jobs, without anything further offered to them. Seek them out properly and they will apply.
Ralph A. Hernandez
This week's question:
Do you think local schools have proper security in place? What more can they or should they do to be sure to protect our children?
Email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published. Note: Please respond before Monday.