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skb69sa
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:01:10 AM

With the holiday season underway, the No. 1 concern of State Police is safety, despite the agency having less manpower, said Lt. Col. Charles Dupuy.

Four to five years ago, there were about 1,150 state troopers, but the agency is down to 980, with 660 assigned to uniform patrol, after $70 million in state budget cuts.

"We are working as smart as we can," Dupuy told the South Central Industrial Association last Tuesday as a replacement speaker for State Police Superintendent Michael Edmonson.

State Police Capt. M. Doug Cain II, public affairs commander, said in a later interview that there were no layoffs.

"There are people who continue to retire and leave the department, and those vacancies aren't being filled due to a lack of funding. The state budget picture just hasn't allowed it,
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MAC48
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:25:14 AM

If we are talking about a decrease in the law enforcement effort that apprehend criminals, solve crimes and control anarchy, then this is a serious loss. This loss of budget dollars and manpower should be made up by corresponding cuts in social welfare spending.

If we are talking about a decrease in the number of patrol officers hiding behind bill boards, on the down side of over passes, thirty yards down intersecting roads, using unmarked vehicles, handing out speeding tickets to one an all not actually caught driving 15 MPH over the maximum posted speed limit, then we did not really need these officers in the first place.
CVA19
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:39:28 PM

The same has happened in countless other states, including Oregon. Progressive politicians falling all over each other to steal funds from infrastructure and public safety to spend on social feel-good projects.

Social feel-good projects are useless without an infrastructure to support them.
bston
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 11:10:24 PM

Sad to think how much this may jeopardize their safety.
fuel2use
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 3:27:41 PM

That happens with tight budgets.
rjojo40
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:36:15 PM

time to modernize your force mini drones, smarter patrol routes. you get the jest.
BuckyTJones
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 1:27:52 PM



Come on now, This is the modern day. "We don't need Horses and Bayonets"

We do things different now-a-days Folks.
schatzila
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:49:27 PM

Join the crowd.
car253
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:21:22 PM

Governments will NEVER NEVER have enough money!
ktyson13
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 11:50:05 AM

Just buy more speed cameras and the money will come. Just ask D.C.
58salty
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 11:39:44 AM

If the money is not there I don't see them taking pay cuts.

"The Private Sector is doing fine"

sljbc475
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 11:33:34 AM

Budgets cuts are coming for all of us!
fora_7
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 11:33:08 AM

Speeding and more accidents in sight
7SPEEDY7
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 10:26:34 AM

Sad
Straitliner
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 8:32:43 AM

What would we do without the Governments?
BBopp
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 8:32:24 AM

Other areas should be cut first. Not the State Troopers!
peabeax55
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 8:28:24 AM

Governments cut the most important parts first but leave the unproductive dead weight at the top.
dr047
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 7:05:35 AM


This is not the place to make cuts. Too many Dim-Wits out there!
kitty1750
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 6:13:17 AM

Wish they'd do that in Canada. Way over staffed and overpaid.
coughlin
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 6:00:34 AM

It's going to get better.
hokieburgh
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 5:42:00 AM

got to do what you uh...got to do.......can't spend what you don't have
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 5:31:44 AM

ok
SkooterG
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 4:24:00 AM

Yep, times are tough for everybody.
angel4me
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 3:49:20 AM

times are tough.........
pricewar
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 3:16:59 AM

This is one big reason to support the national rifle association. For $25 or $35 you can be a one year member.
This can help you to be prepared, protect your family and property legally. Police response time is getting longer
By the day. Know how to protect yourself. Signs of the times are here my friends.
BIGOILEATURCRUD
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 3:08:19 AM


A State Government problem; spread some more Fairy Dust and everything will be better.
Bill100
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 3:03:55 AM

This was news maybe 20 years ago. Now it's re-hash.
PoohMcGoo
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 3:02:47 AM

Mainly write tickets anyway.
JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 3:01:13 AM

Just tax the rich who need lots of police power!
UseLessGasFolks
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:59:29 AM


When you buy goods made in China you support companies that export jobs and decrease our tax base.
Quick68
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:55:29 AM

Before the price of gas went to $4 a gallon I would see state troopers every place I looked. I believe that the police are told by the governments & big oil not to give so many tickets out. The faster you drive the more gas you will use. The more gas used the more money the government & big oil make. If these same state troopers wrote a ticket for every vehicle I see speeding they would have enough money to get the 1150 troopers back on the road. A speeding ticket is cash flow. Cash flow is also used for payroll.
BobD2009
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:51:21 AM

A sign of our terrible economy.
unclenorman
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:49:51 AM

Are the number of tickets written down too?
wally52
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:39:18 AM

This is not good.
caddilac
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:38:51 AM


Interesting.
furiousfowl
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:35:45 AM

ust like every where else!
NedW
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:33:42 AM

I hope everyone is getting ready to be able to fend for themselves in emergencies.
f4driver
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:33:27 AM

SLED is facing the same problems many states are experiencing. Here, we have exactly the same number of State Troopers today as the state had thirty years ago....376. Tell me times are not tough.
And still, this affects gas prices...how?
DesertP90X
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:31:51 AM

Economics at work
Too bad Politicians don't understand it
RambleOn
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:31:27 AM

$70,000 less burden to the taxpayers. It will find its way back into the economy and still generate state sales tax revenue plus stimulate productivity which in turn will grow more dollars for jobs and cycling back around to the economy.
Retowered
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:30:52 AM

Interesting.
nztyraider
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:29:38 AM

Another great Obama disaster.
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:29:24 AM

Nearly everyone is hurt by the lousy Economy.
malfrog1
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:29:12 AM

This is common let them write tickets and they can pay for themselves taking strain off the budgets
homespesial
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:27:30 AM

interesting
silverfoxv65
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:25:09 AM

Just like every where else!
computernut2008
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:25:02 AM

oh well
jethro5000
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:24:31 AM

Everyone's doing more with less...
camel1
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:24:05 AM

Budget cuts and restricted growth has to happen. Our government spends too much. Public safety and law enforcement are important areas but efficiencies can be achieved and cost benefit analysis done.
radiorumor
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:22:57 AM

To be down, there were many working the last two days
Rageagainsttm
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:22:32 AM

Thank you Obama!!!!!
Rageagainsttm
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:21:19 AM

Not a big surprise.
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