How Much Did Last Week's Winter Storm Really Cost Police?

Contributor: Mark Armstrong
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Updated: 2/05 1:38 pm
Last week's severe weather caused some traffic nightmares, but things could have been much worse if local police departments hadn't been proactive. While many workers stayed safely at home, local law enforcement officers were out in full force during the winter storm. While the ice and snow has since gone away, the overtime hours have been added up and the final tally is in at the Gulfport Police Department. Leonard Papania, the Gulfport Police Chief, says, "We spent $26,000 in overtime during the ice storm." The police department’s budget began on October 1st and it has already spent 70% of its overtime allowance, but the chief says there's more than one way to get the money. Papania says, "Because there are unfilled salaried positions, there is a surplus in the budget and we can use that." Patrolmen parked at iced over bridges to deter drivers from running the road blocks, and just about every patrolman worked a wreck over the two day storm. Overall, most would agree a lot of money was spent, but no lives were lost, and you can't put a price on that. The Police Chief says if there is another severe weather event that requires overtime not covered by the surplus, he will approach the City Council for more money.





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