Hollywood Officers Resign After Paycuts

HOLLYWOOD (CBS4) – Meredith Tisch was visibly upset when the City of Hollywood gave her and 12 other rookie officers pink slips last June. Budget cuts were to blame.

“It’s not fair! Because all we do is wake up every day and put a vest on and a gun on my hip and protect the city,” Tisch told CBS4’s Natalia Zea.

To save those 13 jobs, all Hollywood officers took a 12-percent paycut.

But now, six months later Tisch is off the force anyway. She resigned for a better paying job as a Fort Lauderdale officer.

“People are contemplating leaving, and they want to leave here because there is no future,” Broward County PBA Vice President Jeff Marano told Zea. Marano says several officers have left, and many others are getting ready to quit.

“To have 4 people leave that are young is unheard of, and this is just the early stages….the less people that are on the street, the more dangerous it is for the community,” said Marano.

“I think the fears of the Union are really unfounded at this point,” responded Hollywood City Spokesperson Raelin Storey. Storey points out that in all, the department has more than 300 officers. She says they’ve already hired 10 new cops, and have a long waiting list of candidates.

“We have a very professional police department. Our staffing levels are not that much different than they’ve been over the past five years,” said Storey.

The cost to train each of the officers is a concern. It can cost as much as $60,000 per officer. That’s money the Union argues the city can’t afford to lose.  Only time will tell how many new and bright officers Hollywood will lose to its better paying competitors, and the impact that could have on the thousands of people who rely on them.

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  1. gladiatorgal says:

    If it costs $60,000 to train an officer, why the hell would you give pay cuts! They don’t make near that much anyways! You’re sinking your own ship in the long run. If you have hired 10 new officers already, that’s $600,000 that you have blown already and could have been used to give those GOOD officers a raise they deserve, right?

    1. FYI says:

      They hired more officers because they were understaffed already. Grant money was used towrds hiring the 10 but the others who need to be replaced will cost money.

  2. Entitlements USA says:

    “officers have left, and many others are getting ready to quit”

    Here we go with the blame game an finger pointing. Bottom line is all sides are equally guilty. Its all a big joke and the taxpayer winds up loosing out in the end.

  3. hialeahtom says:

    Clearly, these Hollywood police officers behavior show it is just a job. It has nothing to do with upholding laws and protecting the city. It is simply just a job.

    1. tiredofHPDlosers says:

      This officer in the story was an embarrasment when she kept crying for all the news attention. “I just wanna help the city and the citizens” Yeah right. After the other cops in the department take a paycut to save her job which she got paid very well to do, she sells out. Hope her new city sees the level of maturity and self centeredness she’s displayed.

      1. anne says:

        Shows how much you pay attention. It’s a good thing you’re not a cop. It was the other cop crying, not the one who left. and BTW If you’re working for fed ex and ups has offered you a job with a 13000 pay raise and better benefits, YOU WOULD BE A FOOL not to take the better job and benefits to help support your family. And what the article doesn’t tell you either is that even though the entire police dept took a 19% combined pay cut, the city still send out a second round of letters of intent to lay off the rookie officers. Why would anyone stay at an agency where even though the rank and file took pays cuts were threatened with additional layoffs. Only a fool would stay.

  4. Luis bonilla says:

    Less officers = less corruption among them

  5. Jimbo99 says:

    Sometimes it’s about empire building and career advancement, regardless the cost to a community/society ? Healthcare has gotten to that level, it’s about paying a premium rather than getting treated/cured.

  6. pete says:

    The City is lying staffing levels are low, people that were on a waiting list to be hired removed their names. I am glad I am not living in Hollywood anymore, they don’t have enough officers and the new ones they hire will be over work and under paid. It won’t be long before they transfer elsewhere also Watch how crime rises in that City.
    If you are a victim of a crime don’t call the police, call the Mayor maybe he will help you? At least we know he’ll get there fast!!

    1. FYI says:

      Of course the city is lying. Do they even know the parameters that need to be looked at in order to determine how much staffing is needed by a police department?

  7. CAM says:

    SEE YA LATER!!!!!!!!!!!!! I REALLY DOUBT THAT THE HOLLYWOOD POLICE FORCE IS UNDER STAFFED, i AM SO SICK OF HEARING HOW GREAT THEY ARE FOR PROTECTING THE COMMUNITY..WHEN THEY WERE HANDING OUT JOBS, I TOOK THE ONE WHERE I WOULDN’T PUT MYSELF IN A POSITION TO GET SHOT. IF YOU CHOSE THE JOB THEN QUIT PATTING YOURSELF ON THE BACK FOR IT..OK YOU DON’T SEE OUR SOLDERS POINTING OUT EVERY DAY HOW GREAT THEY ARE FOR FOR PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY AND GETTING SHOT AT ON A DAILY BASIS. GET OVER YOURSELVES. EVERYONE HAS HAD TO TAKE CUTS ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, I KNOW I HAVE, AND I UNDERSTAND WHY! IF YOU WANT THINGS TO CHANGE MAKE SURE YOU VOTE THIS YEAR. AND OH BY THE WAY DID YOUR UNIONS GIVE YOU A BREAK ON THE DUES YOU PAY?

    1. TopOnePercent says:

      Interesting how many of the public schools in Hollywood and other cities in Broward have so called do nothing overpaid SROs and police living on school property for free. All a waste of tax money and a big scam. The SROs need to go back on the streets and the freeloaders living on campus pay property taxes like everyone else.

      The days of entitlements and collective bargaining are over.
      There is no sympathy here for any of them.

  8. Cheryl says:

    Let’s get one thing straight here. Anyone can leave anytime they please to do or go anywhere they please !! This is a free Country, so LEAVE if you want to. If you are not satisfied, THEN LEAVE !! If you get your feelings hurt, THEN LEAVE !! If you feel you are worth more, go somewhere where you get paid more. REMEMBER one thing, NO ONE is irreplaceable ! ! ! ! YOU are NOT that valuable !!!

  9. Michael Wind says:

    too many police department,should be one police department per county with civilian review,to make it fair and police should reflect the community,50 percent female and 20 percent black officers,and everyone with a gun and/or badge must take regular lie detector tests.

  10. Mr. Bill says:

    Hollywood is the same as every other government entity in this country, whether it is local, county, state or Federal. Spending is out of control and there is no accountability whatsoever. I having been a businessman I did not spend money unless I had a surplus, I never, ever had a deficeit with my budget and I always balanced the budget. But Hollywood as every other entity mis-spends or mis-appropriates. It is a disgrace with what is happening with Hollywood. The city administration should hang their heads and be ashame.

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