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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Cops Forced To Buy Own Uniforms, Ammo In Cash-Strapped Detroit... -

Cops Forced To Buy Own Uniforms, Ammo In Cash-Strapped Detroit... - 

Detroit police on the beat in an insolvent city have resorted to buying their own gear.

That includes uniforms, according to Detroit Police Officers Association President Mark Diaz, who says the first compliment is issued by the Detroit Police Department — but officers are pretty much on their own after that.

“It’s obviously to the world the city of Detroit’s in a fiscal state of emergency, so the funds really aren’t being allocated to the uniforms as they should be,” Diaz said.

Officers, some who make as little as $14 an hour, might spend $1,000 per year out-of-pocket on uniforms, he said, ” … And the stipend that an officer gets on an annual basis is not enough, truly, to keep the officers outfitted properly.”

“The uniform just doesn’t stop with the shirt, the hat and the pants,” said Diaz, “… parts of the uniform such as boots, those aren’t covered; and the true quality boots that last and that can live up to the rigors of patrolling in a city like the city of Detroit — that’s an extra $300 on an annual basis.”

In addition, Diaz said, although cops are given ammunition for weapons qualification, many officers have to buy their own bullets to have enough to stay sharp.


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