Thursday, March 22, 2007 | Taxpayers of San Diego, Thank you for the respect you give government/city employees. Let me say without any reservation, we have the same respect for you as a private sector employee.

As police officers we have a desire that enters our mindset daily, and that is to be able to see our families once our work is complete. Since we rarely know from one call to the next what our assignment will be, the safety for you, our partners and for ourselves is paramount!

Everyone has the same opportunity to become a police officer. Many do not qualify initially for various reasons. Many do not want the job for various reasons, and many get disqualified during training.

It takes a special person to be a police officer. It is quite evident why we need them. San Diego has been fortunate in past years to have the very best. I am proud to be one of them! Now we need your help.

It is difficult enough for the average worker to afford to live in San Diego. If you were offered a better salary, benefits, and an environment where you “feel” appreciated, wouldn’t you take it if your situation allowed for it?

San Diego politicians have regretfully determined we are expendable. It is up to the taxpayers now to let Mayor Sanders and the City Council know how important a solid police department is to this city.

You cannot and will not tolerate politicians diminishing their value, specifically allowing other agencies to take them away because of pay, benefits, and an aura of unimportance.

One last thing: The San Diego Police Department has been working without a contract for two years. We have had our pay cut by as much as $12,000 annually by the “city.” We have never let this city down. We are asking for your help! Thank You.

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