Police In Blue Ball Caps

It starts today.

Toronto Police start their first day on strike. They will be sporting blue ball caps and tie as they hope to win their battle towards better hours and increase in pay.

From what I understand, this strike is not like others. They still are committed to being on the job but there will be less service in traffic ticketing and more selective action towards 911 calls. I believe they are not allowed to be on ‘full’ strike.

However, just hearing about the decrease in their services makes me nervous. While I undersatnd that they will still be available to help keep our city safe, I worry about the 911 calls. Or even just the aggravation that so many moronic drivers might get away with dangerous driving.

Lets all hope this strike isn’t a long one. Having said that, I’m interseted in hearing people’s oppinion on this strike.

5 Comments so far

  1. Stephen Jacobs (unregistered) on October 13th, 2005 @ 11:23 am

    Technically this isn’t an opinion on the strike per se..

    But, I have heard many people talk about being able to speed more freely now etc. AND park wherever. Yet this morning a co-worker posed this question: “Aren’t the Parking officers under a different structure and therefore not affected by this strike?” In other words ticketing of parked cars and meters etc will continue as normal?


  2. Tom (unregistered) on October 14th, 2005 @ 5:22 pm

    If nobody cared about the strike, it would have little use, now would it. Sure, it is unnerving, but I think that’s how they try to say “Look, we’re doing an important job, and we want a little more in return.”


  3. Shygirl (unregistered) on October 14th, 2005 @ 7:48 pm

    tom,

    to clarify, i’m not against it nor did i ever say that no one cares.

    of course i care. they are very important for our city.


  4. Tom (unregistered) on October 16th, 2005 @ 4:51 am

    I’m not suggesting you’re against it, just saying that it’s good that people are worried, because that makes the whole thing work.


  5. OIA (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 1:07 am

    Perhaps once people realise what the city would be like without the police they will be willing to pay them a reasonable wage.

    Police officers the world over do jobs and deal with people ‘ordinary’ citizens do not want to know about. You are right to be worried. How much are prepared to pay them to take that worry away?



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