WRAL has a story that talks about the high turnover of Raleigh police officers and mentions the fact that there are 58 vacancies on the police force.
So why then, is Raleigh spending $1 million to spruce up a restaurant downtown while police officers quit over low pay? Apparently, the Mayor of Raleigh places a higher priority on having a fancy place to eat in his beloved downtown than ensuring the safety of his city’s residents.
How many police officers could have been hired for $1 million? Or retained from resigning by a new pay structure?
Maybe if the Mayor got out of his Ivory Tower, he’d notice that there has been 3 homicides in Raleigh already this year. Hmm… wonder if filling those 58 police vacancies might do something about the crime rate.
Rome may be burning, but Meeker will sit idly by and fiddle at his lovely new amphitheater next to his lovely new convention center, down the newly reopened Fayetteville Street from his lovely new white table cloth fancy restaurant.
Priorities matter. It’s time to hold Raleigh’s leaders accountable for theirs.