Cedar Posts thinks that the Charlotte City Council should ask some hard questions regarding the approval of Chief Monroe's more than 2.5 million dollar Taser deal.
CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe
First Chief Monroe should have budgeted the transition to the "new and improved" Taser X2 into the 2012 Budget. Chief Monroe's budget process has become an annual event of epic fail.
Second while a human life should be worth more than the 2.4 million dollar price tag the city is being asked to pay Taser International, asking the City to dip into its reserve for a product that has no guarantee that it will not cause accidental deaths seems reason enough to further weigh the purchase.
Third, while Cedar Posts understands the Chief's desire to be the envied kid on the block with the "new bike" how much CMPD research has gone into the new Taser X2?
Fourth, there is no doubt that the new and improved Taser X2 would provide CMPD Officers with a better tool to deal with suspects who are combative. However without a guarantee from Taser International that the new product will live up to the "new and improved" billing, a smaller "test" roll out would be more practical.
Finally why is the Chief not waiting for PERF to complete their review? Monroe announced on July 21, 2011 that he had hired PERF to review the CMPD Tasers. Monroe didn't ask Council to approve the $70,000.00 expense until the September 12, 2011 City Council Agenda which is on page 28 here.
Maybe this is just how Rodney Monroe rolls, spend now ask permission later.
As far as Cedar Posts knows not one CMPD Officer has taken the Taser 2X "test drive". Normally when new equipment is introduced a small number of CMPD officers are "given" the chance to use the equipment in the field.
I think most CMPD Officers would prefer to have the extra $1,550.00 per person added to their paycheck and stick with the old Tasers.
If City Council Approves this expense CMPD Rank and File need to ask themselves which side City Council is on, seems to Cedar Posts they are more interested in keeping the crooks safe than helping CMPD officers make ends meet.
By the way we are not talking chicken feed here, once you add in the CMPD Internal Taser Study and Report, the work that the Chief basically tossed in the circular file, the value of the old Tasers $700,000.00, the incomplete PERF study $70,000.00 and the costs of the "new" Tasers you are well over 2.5 million. Money that was not included in the 2012 budget!