Monday, December 28, 2009

CMPD's big bash

Posted By on Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Our police department threw a very nice party for themselves this year. Personally, I would rather they put those thousands of dollars toward something more in line with — oh, I don't know — protecting our community from criminals.

And, whatever happened to the good ol' fashioned bring-a-dish deals? When did we decide we have to pamper everyone so their morale won't get bruised and so they'll continue to be good li'l workers? I'm gonna go ahead and call bullshit on that outmoded way of thinking. The only thing your employer owes you at the holidays is your regular pay check for your regular work.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department spent about $23,000 for a white-tablecloth, holiday gala this month - an expense questioned by one City Council member as potentially excessive in these tough economic times.

Police Chief Rodney Monroe, who approved the spending, says the party was valuable for department morale and offered a chance for CMPD employees and volunteers to get together and celebrate their hard work.

"I've learned one of the best ways to boost morale and cultivate a culture of motivation and teamwork is to take time to recognize and show appreciation ...," Monroe said in a written statement to the Observer about the event.

Councilman Edwin Peacock said the council and "the public would want to know what he's doing having a party like that. I'm concerned. (These are) tough times. None of the CMPD employees even received pay raises this year."

Read the rest of this Charlotte Observer article, by Christopher D. Kirkpatrick, here.

For those of you, in the real world, planning a party on a budget:

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