"KOAT reports that APD Academy has 21 cadets, down from 26. This is probably accurate.
KOAT goes on to report that APD has 935 sworn officers. APD Tanner Tixier stated that APD lost around 40 officers at the end of 2014.
Why does the media just accept APD numbers without asking for proof?
Attorney Tom Grover said that at the APOA vs PERA court hearing on December 23, 2014 APD stated that they had far less than 900 officers. On January 16 2015 on 770 KKOB Richard Berry stated that APD had 903 officers. Now on February 2, 2015, two weeks later, we are told by APD that they have 935 officers. APD's numbers don't make any sense, they contradict themselves over the last 45 days. Add to this APD Tanner Tixier stating that APD lost almost 40 officers at the end of 2014 and the current academy class is still in session. These numbers APD is providing don't make any sense. Just look at Berry's numbers compared with Tanner Tixier numbers today. APD would have grown by 32 officers in just 2 weeks. I don't think so, do you?
Why can't we get a straight answer from APD and Berry. In just over a month APD cries wolf that they are going to lose all sorts of cops, Yet they go to the media and say they are very close to max staffing (1,000 officers). Why hasn't the media picked up all of these different numbers and point out how they don't make sense and demand, on air, an accurate accounting of all APD officers? And where, exactly are they assigned?
I have lost faith in what Berry and APD say. Notice how I say APD, we never see Eden or any command staff member making these announcements. They dump it on Tanner and Simon. And poor Tanner he has to go on TV and say that APD has 935 officers, that over half are answering calls for service and that "APD is real busy" so citizens will just have to wait for Priority 2 and 3 calls but not for Priority 1. This is exactly the opposite from what the media and city council have reported. Yet Tanner doesn't get confronted with the actual facts and the citizens don't get the real story.
I believe the real story is APD has a lot of closet positions for police officers who don't want to do uniform patrol. That APD has lots of calls, including priority 1, holding at any given time and that APD has very few officers working Field Services with a primary function as call takers (SWAT, K9, Horse Mounted don't take calls for service, they don't make arrests and they don't write reports). The only officers who actually count in uniform patrol are the officers working out of each area command taking dispatch calls. The retired rehires who work duplicating APS Police duties in schools do not count. The Street Cop needs the real story to come out, they are the blue knights who are stretched thin with no support.
Can someone get a straight answer from Berry and APD on exactly how many full time sworn police officers we currently have and where are they assigned. Are they counting cadets? Are they counting part timers. APD / Berry need to prove their numbers, because their statements over the last 45 days just don't make any sense. They need to be put on the spot and asked to explain why the different numbers and for them to prove the real numbers on the date they are asked.
It's not that hard. Chief Polisar, Chief Galvin and Chief Schultz knew exactly how many officers they had, and where they were working, everyday. I am sure the same is true for Chief Eden, but for some reason he doesn't want to tell the public / media. Why? What are they hiding? These are our tax dollars, we deserve to know the truth and not spin.
APD also needs to prove their statement that Priority 1 calls are not holding. And just how long are Priority 2 and 3 calls holding? I don't trust this administration, their own statements contradict themselves and they never provide proof. Do you trust their numbers? If you don't, then you shouldn't report them without proof."