The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

October 12, 2012

Letter: Our public safety is in jeopardy

ENID, Okla. — As I read the Sept. 30 Enid News & Eagle article by Cass Rains and James Neal (“Oil boom a bust for understaffed police force”) regarding the decreasing number of Enid Police De-partment officers, I cannot say I was surprised.

The fluctuation of police department employees during an oil boom is to be expected, especially in light of the increased financial potential for the individual.

Factor in the fact Enid officers are at the low end of the pay scale used to compare pay for the same job in cities of comparable size. To look for a higher paying job is a no-brainer.

To add insult to injury, the paper reported the tax revenue for the city had in-creased considerably during the past year. Small percentages of the funds went to pay down city debt, assist with public safety and money for public schools. The greatest amount of that money went to city coffers.

As the wife of a retired police officer and mother of two current ones, I thought public safety included having police officers. If our officers are leaving for better-paying jobs, our public safety is in jeopardy. I realize competing with income the oil companies’ offer is not easy, but neither is having a family and working at a job that is not keeping up with today’s financial demands.

Cheryl McFadden

Enid

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