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If you read the letter, the Police are not being attacked. Even though the multiple law suits and wrong doings of the MIPD over the last few years could easily have been exploited- the letter focused on a strictly FINANCIAL aspect. The main purpose of the letter was also to revert back to the Sheriff department for police protection. The fact is that the 2010 police department budget increased from $3.9 million to $4.4 million. We spent MORE in 2010 than we did in 2009. All these firings and "spending freezes" such as with the new police cars are simply a PR stunt- spending increased.We all live here and care about the Island. We are in an extremely tough economic time. Let's start civilized discussion about the topic and figure out what is best for Marco Island.
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