NMB Officers Knock On Doors Announcing Impending Layoffs

NORTH MIAMI BEACH (CBS4)- The North Miami Beach Police Department is proposing big cuts, and on Saturday members of the department informed residents and businesses of the impending layoffs and reduction in service that could be imposed by the city manager.

The North Miami Beach Police Officer’s Association (NMBPOA) Local 6005, which represents officers, detectives, sergeants and dispatchers in the department went door-to-door as part of their information campaign.

The group said they visited those in the neighborhood to “inform the citizens and businesses of North Miami Beach of the impending layoffs and reduction in service from the police department” that city manager, Lyndon Bonner, is attempting to impose.

“When you start messing with public safety, you’re actually messing with people’s right to feel secure,” police union vice president Joe Romero said.

According to the association, Bonner has proposed laying-off 24 police officers and 13 civilian employees within the police department.

And that’s a major concern for neighbor Luis Cardone.

“They cannot let that happen,” he said. “You know, there’s a lot of people getting robbed and stuff. It’s not a good thing if they lay off people.

Romero said, “We just want to make sure that the general public is aware of the situation,” he said. “They’re going to ruin these people’s lives because they’re having a problem financially.

But Bonner said he “does not foresee public safety will be impacted from these lay offs. North Miami Beach has a full service police department, with the exception of a bomb squad and aviation unit. The primary concern, brought up in the town hall meetings, is to have more patrol units. This can still be done by decreasing some of the services provided by the police department.”

That’s not good enough for Cardone.

“If they do they’re not going to have anymore people looking out for us,” he said. “That’s what we’re paying taxes (for) so we can have our security around.”

On Monday, Former North Miami Beach Police Chief Rafael Hernandez faced a tough decision: lay off the officers and civilians to fix the city’s budget problems or face the consequences.

Hernandez chose the latter, which is why he is now the former chief of police in North Miami Beach.

The chief was given a mandate to cut $4 million from the budget, said police union president Mike Pons. The chief knew he couldn’t cut that amount of money without cutting personnel and he wasn’t willing to do it.

Bonner told city council members Tuesday at a budget workshop that the cuts would leave the department with fewer detectives, fewer road patrol officers and fewer crime scene technicians. However, Bonner said the cuts are necessary.

“I don’t like it,” Bonner said. “Unfortunately, this is where we’re at so we have to balance those services that deal with public safety the most effectively for the money I’ve got left.”

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  1. DJ says:

    I hope none of them get hurt when they surprise someone. This is ripe for a horrible accident to happen. It’s bad enough they’re terrorizing residents because of a 10% cutback in the force.

    Time to give up stuff like everyone else. And since Florida has very generous gun and home/castle laws, I think we can handle some of this ourselves.

    1. Willie Colon says:

      yes sir your way so right

  2. Jeffrey Hawkins says:

    Who do these people think they are? People everywhere are having to make do with less, and their service isn’t as necessary as they make it out to be. How selfish to be disturbing and scaring people that are struggling with other aspects of their lives. Outrageous pensions from these people are breaking the city coffers, time to cut the FAT !!!

    1. Ron Hanforth says:

      you are a moron and have no idea what these officers go thru every single day..They were promised a pension and they deserve their pension, every last penny of it. I’d like to see your patheticc whining if someone told you in the latter part of your life and career to make due with far far less than you expected.

  3. xoxoxo says:

    suffice to say in three words…..you’re an idiot

    1. Ricky Julian says:

      The only people who are idiots are the ones who fall for these shameless scare tactics.

      1. decaf says:

        Exactly, nobody really cares about those cops anyway.

      2. ron hanforth says:

        so says the guy with the meth lab in his kitchen

    2. JOURNALIST says:

      NIMDAAAAA

  4. Sellous says:

    I just hope they get rid of the corrupt ones,

    These officers need the help of we citizens, yet they have no respect for us, many especially those Hispanics officers are so rude and ill mannered, they all need to be fired.

    Let them go to their own race and ask for help, many of these officers who are Hispanics take sides with their fellow country men and at times give tickets to innocent motorists. Please keep the decent, respectable Officers and get rid of the racist bad ones. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. artmiami says:

    Given the fact that unless a policeman is issuing you a citation that results in some sort of fine or payment, the only other instance that you are going to see a police is to write a report ,,,, after the crime has occurred and the perpetrator is long gone..
    So you better learn to take care of yourself and your property.

  6. UshouldB says:

    Stand your ground. They best have a warrant in there hand.

  7. patrick A. says:

    This is more like a campaign to save their JOBS,I always wonder why do so called Public servants have a UNION,no wonder that COPS think that they are GOD and can do as they pleased.

  8. no way jose says:

    wait there’s more waiting on the porch stoop….I see the line of departments having budget cuts and their staff is at my door: its the building dept asking to use my hammer; the water department clerks knocking at the door asking for a cup of water because they’re cutting in the Water Dept; followed by Parks Dept sending Bambi to my door to ask for a slice of bread because Park hours are being reduced; and look, there’s the city commissioners coming with their hand out, asking for a bribe…oh wait..that’s common.

  9. Odalys Ramos says:

    The police always believe they are entitled and above the rest. All other employees should face layoffs and salary cuts but not the police, Perfect is the example of teh Miami Dade police and PBA while all county employees rduced their salaries in efforts to balnce the budget last year the police wound up with a 10% wage increase and while employees across all county departments faced layoffs not ONE cop,. The ploice dept actually hired 50 more cops! How’s that for team spirit, believe me they only care about themselves and expect even more then before!

  10. Joseph Abbott says:

    tell them to take pay cuts to save their fellow cops jobs,or do 401 k instead of full pensions so more can be hired,i’m sure the cops at the top of the todem pole care about the others officers.yea right oh well just gonna take 2 hours to show up instead of 1 hour. less cops mean less doughnut time.

  11. Joseph Abbott says:

    what would a cop become after being layed off .what are they qualified to do. security gaurd or bouncer.both pay $10 an hour without pensions or healthcare.Goodluck

    1. decaf says:

      They will probably become the baker at dunkin donuts, they are more than qualified for that position.

  12. DJ says:

    I’m astonished there’s not one comment here defending the cops.

    I guess that says it all – the citizens of this great county are FED UP with union greed, and having to do with less, whilst the government whistles merrily along and spends into oblivion. Just look at that eyesore of a stadium if you want your damn jobs.

  13. Willie Colon says:

    i was going to write but I see everyone hates them greay keep it up

  14. jekk williams says:

    We have way too many cops!! Most are uneducated and and could not get hired at as a sky cap! Most do not go into harms way. They harass the good citizens in the community while being to scared and/or lazy to go after the real criminals. They hide behind trees trying to catch someone speeding rather then catching someone committing a felony!!! GET RID OFF AS MANY AS POSSIBLE AND HIRE MORE TEACHERS!!

  15. JOURNALIST says:

    ISN’T IT TRUE THAT RAPHAEL HERNANDEZ JR. EX CHIEF OF POLICE OF NORTH MIAMI BEACH WAS FIRED BECAUSE HE DIDN’T WANT FDLE TO INVESTIGATE HIS DEPARTMENT,WHICH CITY MANAGER LYNDON BONNER WANTS DONE. “ADMINISTRATIVE REASONS” I VIEWED REPORTS THAT STATED THAT. BUDGET….THINK ABOUT THAT……….NOT ABOUT THIS! WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF ! CHECK THE NEWS REPORTS AND SEE FOR YOURSELF. TAILGATING AFTER KILLING A CITIZEN IN DISTRESS AND MANY, MANY MORE. THEY ARE DOING NOTHING BUT HANGING THEMSELVES. THEY CAN’T STOP THE TRUTH FROM COMING OUT. SO MANY ALREADY KNOW THAT!

  16. Joseph Abbott says:

    JUST PAY US OUR $$$ AND STAY IN YOUR HOMES,IF YOU KNOW WHATS GOOD FOR YOU.I GOT A FAMILY TO SUPPORT AND MY GIRLFRIENDS ON THE SIDE I HAVE TO TAKE OUT AND GET DRUNK.MY 75,000 GRAND AND FULL HEALTH AND PENSION BENEIFITS AREN’T ENOUGH ALREADY.PLUS A CAR FULL OF GAS THAT I TAKE 15 GALLONS OUT A NIGHT FOR MY WIFES CAR.PLEASE I NEED A RAISE

  17. BJ McLaughlin says:

    Childish, selfish stunt.

  18. Popo4life says:

    Complete ignorance! I hope none of you have children. Please find Jesus! I am sure most of these people are writing these comments from jail or Prison. Pathetic! You have no respect for yourself, it’s no surprise you don’t respect Cops. Cops are not the problem. What comes out of your mouth is!

  19. jekkwilliams says:

    What does Jesus have to do with ANYTHING? He is not even real. Is there concrete evidence? There is concrete evidence that cops are uneducated and most likely could not be a manager at a fast food restaurant if they were not cops. I am not incarcerated. I am well educated and well traveled (i’m sure unlike you Popo4life).

  20. Popo4Life says:

    jekkwilliams,

    Good for you on being eductaed. I served my country for 4 years in the Navy, I have a 4 year degree and 18 years Law Enforcement. You speak like a very angry person. Your comments about Officers are out of line and rude. By the way you sound, you must have not quailified for a PO position. You might be educated but you lack common sense.

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