Fort Wayne City Councilman Tom Didier provided Indiana’s New Center with a story last night. Â In the story, he stated he felt the Fort Wayne Police Department Officers were Â purposefully slowing down the number of tickets they’re writing in protest of the Departments take-home squad car policy. Â The policy asks that officers pay part of their off duty gasoline expenses.
[…] Council member Tom Didier says officers need to set aside hurt feelings and do their jobs.
[…] Didier says, “It’s no different than my job as a sales person, where I have to pay for my own gas, and I…you know, when it was four dollars a gallon, it was tough on the pocketbook, but you know, you still got to go out and do what you’re supposed to do, cause that’s what you’re getting paid for. You know, and I personally think that’s what needs to happen.”
[…] The Patrolman’s Benevolent Association did not return our phone calls seeking comment.
Well guess what, sports fans? Â This appeared on the WANE-15 website a short while ago:
Annual Memorial Day Mobilization begins May 15
The following has been provided by the Fort Wayne Police Department:
In an effort to decrease the number of fatalities and injuries involving unrestrained occupants on Indiana roadways, Fort Wayne PD and area officers Friday announced their participation in the statewide Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization. This mobilization will include the Indiana State Police and more than 250 local law enforcement agencies throughout the state.
Indiana’s 2009 Click It or Ticket effort will take place from May 15 – May 31, covering the highly traveled Memorial Day holiday. With an emphasis on urging more motorists to buckle up day and night, officers will be on the look out for unrestrained motorists around the clock.
Coincidence or timing? Seriously, it sounds like this was planned long before the story with Tom aired, but sometimes, you just have to wonder!