July 23, 2008 12:00

POP QUIZ

POP QUIZ

Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we ask politicians and public servants questions about their jobs. This week we asked members of the Greensboro City Council about the Buracker report — a study of the city’s police department. The rules are simple: The officials must answer immediately — no research, no callbacks.

Q U E S T I O N S

True or False:

1) Chief Tim Bellamy is the highest paid employee in the Greensboro Police Department.

2) Greensboro residents suffered more serious crimes in 1995 than in 2007, according to FBI statistics.

3) Consultant Carroll Buracker recom mended increasing the size of the city’s gang unit, which is currently staffed at 17 officers.

4) Detectives in the Criminal Investigations Division average three hours a day typing reports because of inadequate clerical staffing.

Mayor Yvonne Johnson

1) False ( )

2) True ( )

3) False ( )

4) True ( )

Dianne Bellamy-Small (District 1)

1) False ( )

2) True ( )

3) False — He recommended decreasing it. ( )

4) “Well, I don’t remember how many hours, but at least part of that is true because he did say there is inadequate support staffing.” (½ )

Robbie Perkins (at large)

1) If you don’t count overtime. ( )

2) I don’t know, read the report. You know, I’d just as soon pass on this. The way you’re asking the questions… they could be true or false depending on how you answer them. It’s designed to set someone up, which is just a Mickey Mouse way of doing business. So I’m just going to pass, but thanks for calling. (x)

3) No answer (x)

4) No answer (x

Goldie Wells (District 2)

1) False ( )

2) I think that one’s true ( )

3) False ( )

4) True ( )

A N S W E R S

1) False — Two employees of the Greensboro Police Department earned more than Chief Bellamy last year, including a lieutenant who earned $139,354.30 with overtime.

2) True — There were 1,315 fewer serious crimes — homicides, aggravated assaults, larcenies and vehicle thefts — in 2007 than in 1995.

3) False — The Buracker Report recommended limiting the gang unit to eight employ ees: A lieutenant, a sergeant and six officers.

4) True

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