Monday, October 19, 2009
Dunwoody Police Semi-Annual Report and Budget Request
If you live in Dunwoody and are on Twitter, the Dunwoody Police Department @DunwoodyPolice is a recommended follow as the last two tweets clearly show. In case you are not aware, I'm also on Twitter as @dunwoodynorth and I attempt to follow anyone tweeting from the City of Dunwoody, so please drop me a line.
Second, if you want to read about the fantastic work that our Dunwoody officers have done since the department's creation on April 1st, the Semi-Annual Report is a must read. As you read this document, please keep reminding yourself that this department started from scratch just seven months ago. Amazing work and I am truly proud of our dedicated and professional officers.
Finally, as part of the budget process Police Chief Billy Grogan submitted to the Council his needs assessment whereby he requested for 2010 that the Uniform Patrol be increased from the current 24 officers by 2, up to 26 as well as the addition of 1 detective and 1 regional drug task force officer. Currently the proposed budget only offers the detective and the task force officer, but if there was a way for the Council to squeeze the funding out for these two additional uniform officers (even if they are hired late in the budget year), I believe that there are several members who would want to do so. This will undoubtedly be a topic of discussion on Monday evening that will come down to funding priorities in a lean year, needs vs. wants and therefore should be a lively discussion.