The president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association has issued a warning to all residents of Miami-Dade after possibly budget cuts could be hitting the area. John Rivera has urged people to arm themselves because the police will probably not be coming.
According to wsvn, the proposed budget cuts would create a negative impact on public safety.
John Rivera, president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, said, “If the mayor’s not going to provide security, then my recommendation, as an experienced law enforcement officer for nearly 40 years, is either buy yourself an attack dog, put bars on your windows and doors and get yourself some firearms because you’re going to have to protect yourselves. We won’t be able to.”
These comments followed the decision by Mayor Carlos Gimenez to cut $64 million from the 2014-2015 budget which will result in the loss of at least 600 police jobs in the county.
The Miami-Dade police department serves about 2.5 million people.
Guns.com reports, “Several specialized units including the Incident Management Team, Sport Unit, Tactical Narcotics Team, and one of the three Special Response Teams in the city would be disbanded. The department would be forced to shutter one of its nine stations, specifically the Midwest District Station, as well as closing the Corrections Department’s “Boot Camp” rehabilitation program for young inmates.
Almost every division in the department, with the exception of the current 45 administrative leadership positions, would lose personnel. This ranges from four officers cut from Community and Youth Outreach to 17 domestic violence investigator positions eliminated in the Special Victims Bureau, responsible for following up on allegations of child abuse.”
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