BURGLARIES IN 2017—LOWEST NUMBER SINCE TOWN STARTED TO MAINTAIN CRIME RECORDS
Chief Chris McNerney released statistics on Part I Criminal Offenses for the year 2017.
Part I Offenses are considered serious crimes by the United States Department of Justice.
Included in this category are Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Homicide, Larceny, Motor Vehicle
Theft, Robbery and Rape.
During the year 2017, a total of 671 Part I Offenses were reported to the department as
compared to the 839 reported during 2016. This represents a decrease of one hundred sixty
eight (168) offenses, constituting a decrease of approximately 20%. Key crimes that saw
significant reductions are Larceny (23%) and Burglary (17%). The 29 burglaries tallied in 2017
was the lowest number ever reported in the Township since the department began maintaining
Chief McNerney reported that many of our crime prevention initiatives that included partnering
with the members of our community have resulted in the significant reduction in crime.
Part II Offenses decreased from a total of 1266 in 2016 to 1025 in 2017. This decrease by two
hundred forty one (241) incidents represents a 13% decrease. Included in this category are
Simple Assaults, DWI’s, Sex Offenses (except rape), Drugs, Criminal Mischief, Fraud/Forgery,
Public Order, and Theft Offenses.
Minor increases in several crimes should be noted. The increase in motor vehicle theft was
largely attributable to vehicle keys being left in unlocked cars during overnight hours. This
accounted for four (4) of the motor vehicles reported stolen in 2017.
COULD THIS BE A REASON WHY POSTAL SERVICE HAS PROBLEMS?
USING HOURLY EMPLOYEES AT LOW HOURLY SALARIES, WORK HARD AND ARE MORE LIKELY TO MAKE MISTAKES
I forwarded a number of very recent e mails that I have received in the past two weeks to the United States Postmaster General, senior Postal Service leaders in Washington, our Congressional delegation complaining about poor mail service. Received another e mail after I sent this batch of e mail complaints to Washington from a woman who complained that she "received other persons medication and tax returns". I will continue to send all complaints to all the leadership of the Postal Service (and the union representing Postal Service Carriers--hoping that they will recognize the seriousness of this problem.
A constituent sent me the following e mail which I think explains part of the problem. The problems most people experience only take place when their permanent carriers are on vacation or sick. The postal service seems to rely on hourly workers who are more likely to make mistakes and are not as familiar with the routes
Sent: Sunday, February 04, 2018 5:32 PM
To: Paul Feiner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Good to speak with you via about USPS hiring expectations via phone earlier today.
As mentioned, I interviewed and was offer a position at the USPS earlier this year. I attending a near full-day group class focusing on policies for new hires and then had a 45 minutes or so 1:1 interview about the position -- mail carrier -- and again mainly about the requirement.
The people conducting the class and conducting the 1:1 interview were very professional, very very clear, and also senior in terms of experience and rank.
I have no skin in the game. I was treated just fine. Very professional, as I said. But here is what I was told, everyone was told, and the materials covered about the job:
- Pays $16 and change. $16.19 or something like that.
- No medical.
- No vacation
- No benefits at all
- Time worked in this role will not count toward future benefits, length of service, etc, if you are ever hired (for a "real" position)
- You are expected -- and I am sure this was meant to understood as required -- to work:
1) Work as many shifts and hours as needed to make sure all the mail in a district was delivered that day, even if it meant working to midnight or maybe later
2) cover for anyone else -- after completing your own route -- who may be out or whatever (again however many hours or however late into the night that requires)
3) work six or seven days a week
4) never miss a day
5) be willing to report to any area to work as instructed via potential phone call in the morning -- hard to plan
6) and this is a quote: "you work 360 days, then take a mandatory five days off, then start over again"
- There is no timetable for moving from this non-official-employee status or "real" position. Someone has to leave and you have to be chosen. I seem to recall, in reply to a question from a candidate during the day-long group session, that it could be 2-3 years, or longer, or shorter, or never.
- No, zero, overtime pay, as I understood it, beyond base pay, no matter how many hours worked in a pay period
- Subject to dismissal at any time, without cause, no matter how long you may have worked there (in this odd type of "position")
In short, they were asking for everything, and in return providing nothing beyond $16.19 an hour (or somehting like that) and a very unclear, uncertain path....
Ther are other expectations I have missed/forgotten, but you get the gist.
Wild, right? Like something out of Orwell or worse.
Now, I did not take the job. Maybe if you do this for a bit, and you stand out, and they like you, you can get a "real" position in a few months, half year, whatever? Maybe if you stand out, there are other types of positions that can become available that they did not go over?
I have no idea! I also have no idea if this is standard practice???
I am only sharing what I/we were told in no uncertain (even upbeat, very well and clearly presented) terms as a group and then, as least in my case, in the 1:1 interview.
I will leave it at that. I have no ill feeling torward anyone. No axe to grind. Just someting I explored. But sad. Creepy. And feel, well, disgusted at people treated like this. OMG.
Anyway, if any questions or want to talk more, you can reach out anytime.
LOVE THIS TOWN and the people. Feel so blessed to be able to raise a family in such a wonderful, caring town .
All best. Have a great 2018. AND THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DOI!!!