2/28/2012: Becky Metrick of the ODE writes on UO Police Chief Doug Tripp’s upcoming 16 week course at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem:
Tripp and Hansen, who have had no previous official police force experience, are required to go through the 16 weeks of training that any new police officer would be asked to go through. …
UO’s Police Chief has no previous police force experience or training but (as of last time I looked, about 6 months ago) we already pay him more than Eugene pays its Chief of Police, who has a far larger staff, budget, and more complicated job. I wonder who is minding the store for UO while Tripp is in training, and what it’s costing? When Frances Dyke and Doug Tripp were pushing this idea to the faculty, OUS, and legislature, they told us the conversion could *save* UO money – $73,000 as I recall. I’m thinking we were lied to.
Metrick also gets this interesting quote, which touches on the non-financial costs of the decision to convert from bike riding public safety officers to police interceptor cruising armed & sworn police:
“When you think about it, the types of people who have signed up for this type of law enforcement work, it’s really different from the population you’re dealing with, assuming a core mission,” Kelly McIver, the communications director for DPS said. “And it will be a huge hurdle to overcome because not all of our officers have a desire to be police officers.”