By Wyatt Earp | May 27, 2009
I have thought this way for some time, but this story absolutely proves it. The politicians and the upper management inside the Philadelphia Police Department couldn’t give a rat’s arse about its officers and detectives. That’s a fact.
Why else would they spend $34.5 million – yes, million – on an extended contract with Motorola after the first crappy system they sold us failed at every single turn?!!
You may want to have the duct tape handy before you read this. If the article doesn’t cause your skull to explode, you can always use the tape to fix the Motorola radio system . . . WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY CRASH!!!
Philadelphia is on its way to getting an improved radio emergency system.
A City Council committee today voted in favor of extending its current contract with Motorola Corp. for four years and $34.5 million. The measure now awaits a vote by the full Council.
And with one fell swoop, the members of City Council gave the entire police department the fist. The least they could have done was given us a reach-around.
Though costly, the upgrade is necessary because of the system’s unreliability for the police officers and fire fighters who use it. Councilman Frank Rizzo, the most outspoken critic of the current system and its failures, was absent at the hearing, held by the Public Property and Public Works Committee.
Did you catch that? The upgrade is needed because the system is unreliable. THEN WHY THE FRAK ARE WE EXTENDING MOTOROLA’S CONTRACT???
Oh, and if Rizzo was so “outspoken” about the system failures, why did he see fit to skip the damned hearing??? Your father is rolling over in his grave, Franny. And you can be sure he is ashamed of you.
Councilman Bill Green questioned why there was no request for proposals issued to replace the current Motorola system, saying that may have led to a cheaper alternative. Administration officials responded that issuing an RFP now could delay necessary improvements to the system by a year or more. The current contract expires next June, but if approved by Council in the next few weeks, upgrades would begin in July or August. (H/T – Philly.com)
This is what I just don’t get. Now, I know I’m a big, dumb guy, but the city has saddled us with an unreliable system that crashes during severe emergency calls – police assists, major fires, etc. We have been using – and complaining about – this terrible system from a terrible company for years, and they never cared. Why would they now worry about a delay of a year or more to find a system – and a network – that won’t jeopardize lives?
The answer is simple: It is because this city, its government, and its police and fire leadership does not care about its officers.
And the local media applauds this insanity as “progress.”