Yes I said 2 million dollars. That is what I estimate our Police Force costs when you carefully calculate all the hidden costs associated with the Department. We will never know the exact figure because most of it has been cleverly shifted into other department accounts to give a false impression of the department's size.
What do we get for that 2 million dollars?
It appears we get a Town Manager and the head of the Police Dept. , by extension, that has been selectively using their authority to decide who should obey the ordinances in Lisbon and who gets a pass on the law.
I was brought up to believe the Police were our friends . This belief doesn’t seem to hold any truth today. I feel the police in Lisbon are used as an enforcement arm, by the local political structure, to enforce the law when it is convenient for the Town Management and turn a blind eye when that enforcement would cause problems for the Towns Elite.
By now everyone must be aware of the traffic ordinances that are being ignored in Houston Park. Numerous times concerned residents have called the local PD to get relief from this potentially dangerous problem and countless times the police have looked the other way and ignored their duty. I wonder if this neglect has anything to do with the resident on Scottsdale Ave. (their boss)
I view any Police corruption as an especially heinous offense. Once a department crosses the line they inevitably embark on a journey down a slippery slope that usually escalates into more serious indiscretions. Whats next “selective spot zoning” or worse.
When police and town officials selectively enforce laws several things happen..
1. They lose credibility with the people they serve.
2. A legal situation is created that can cast doubts on their legitimate work.
3. Officers lose all moral authority and are often viewed as the problem not the solution.
4. Due to our litigious society they place unnecessary financial risk on the Town.
When the people we trust to enforce the laws are viewed as the law breakers, society as a whole is in danger of crumbling.
We need to vote these Councilors out in November.