Dallas police spokesman to city: Drop dead

Well, OK, he didn’t quite say it like that. But here’s what Dallas Police Association president Glenn White did say to WFAA-TV: “Because we choose to live outside the city so that we may have what we consider a better life, our children don’t have to go to DISD, we don’t have the monetary funds to send our children to private schools.”

All of this wisdom was being dispensed after Channel 8 reporter Brad Watson noted, rightly, that it seems just a little curious that some Dallas police officers are actively encouraging the city manager to sidestep the city’s budget problems and provide police pay boosts by raising property taxes — something that won’t affect 80 percent of DPD officers since they live outside Dallas.

Watson also pointed out that of the city’s 1,700 firefighters, 85 percent don’t live in Dallas.

I don’t begrudge any city employee for living wherever they want to live and for sending their kids to any schools they want (other than that ratty old DISD, of course). In fact, years ago I even recommended that the city set up some tax breaks for police (instead of every developer who darkens city hall’s door) to make it more affordable for cops and their families to live in the city; I guess that idea got lost in the city manager’s SPAM filter. After all, these people are protecting us, so why can’t we help them live closer to their jobs and, by living in the city, provide a little more protection to the rest of us simply by being good neighbors.

And I know that White doesn’t speak for all police officers when he trashes the lifestyle in Dallas and DISD schools. But it’s still pretty disappointing that a guy whose job is to be a spokesman can’t control his mouth a little better than that. Even if he really believes it.

By |2010-05-27T22:00:29-05:00May 27th, 2010|Crime, News, Politics|1 Comment

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  1. Stephen May 28, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    It sure sounds as if he looks down at the people he’s paid to protect. Perhaps we pay a premium to police officers and firefighters to live in the city limits as opposed to a tax cut, so they see the money up front. I get so sick of the assumption that you have to have a huge house and a long commute to have a better life. We have perfectly acceptable houses at affordable prices within the city limits and some darn good magnet schools.

    The only time I’ve ever been held up at gunpoint was in Plano. A coworker was just a victim of a home invasion…in McKinney. Bad can happen anywhere, but sometimes perception is reality.

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