In a letter sent to Mayor Doug French and the Rye city council on Wednesday, May 26th, the Rye PBA warned Rye city it is operating at low staffing levels, putting resident and officer safety at risk.
The letter, from Rye Benevolent Police Association President Franco Compagnone said in part:
"The lowered personnel will have detrimental effects on the security of the
Community, basic Police Officer safety and lowered Police response times to inservice Police calls. I have filed a grievance concerning the “work force” issue and I respectfully CCʼd you Mr. Mayor to keep you apprised of this very serious situation. I have been told over and over from City Hall officials of the dire financial constraints, But at what cost? Does the Office of the Mayor and City council find it acceptable to put Officers in jeopardy?…The Point I am trying to make is Someone is going to get seriously hurt and the PBA membership and Community will ask you all was it worth the money savings? What is a numerical value of an Officers safety? Or a Rye residents safety."
Compagnone is urging the city to consider hiring four more cops and suggested they consider some of the 12 cops recently laid off by the city of White Plains.
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