Police Union Asking Why Officers Are Leaving

Courtesy of Turlock Associated Police Officers|

People come and go from any job or organization, but the Turlock Associated Police Officers feel an abnormal number of officers have left the department in the past year.

“Turlock Police Department has lost yet another officer to another agency,” TAPO posted on its Facebook page. “In one year, three officers have left to go work for other law enforcement agencies. This is unprecedented. Never have so many officers left in such a short time to work for other agencies. One must ask why???”

In the past several years the Turlock Police Department has lost seven officers. It currently employs 123 full-time employees including dispatchers, clerks and community service officers.

In a recent interview with TurlockCityNews.com, Turlock Police Captain Carl Nielsen, who oversees uniformed patrol, noted that overtime hours and Bay Area salaries are often a pull for officers from Turlock and other Valley cities.

“Staffing is an issue, our officers are getting tired and it’s not sustainable,” he said. “The reality is that as a department you can’t do less with more. The individual officer may be able to, but not as an entire department.”

It became evident in early February that a six-month experiment by the City of Turlock, using overtime hours to offset the loss of personnel, had ended up backfiring. The Turlock City Council budgeted $400,000 in overtime pay to cover $735,000 worth of salaries and benefits for four officers.

In recent months TAPO has been very forward on Facebook about its relationship with the City of Turlock government. On Feb. 3 TAPO posted “You can not do more with less, in fact you can not even do the same with less. Turlock PD now has fewer officers than they did in 2007, all with the approval of the CM (City Manager Roy Wasden) and City Council!”

Nielsen declined comment other than to say “Command Staff recognizes TAPO's right to post whatever comments they desire on their Facebook account.” 

Comments 9

  1. sandra hjertquist says:

    Well just look at the officers leaving san jose for better pay and benefits….its the same in any industry.

  2. John says:

    Not a whole lot of sympathy… You are employed, make a good salary, have the opportunity to work overtime, good schedules, and it is the job you worked so hard to get! Maybe use your energy that you are wasting trashing a good department, and come up with ideas to help your department in times like this…..

  3. John says:

    I don’t believe they were/are asking for your sympathy. It appears they are merely stating a fact and that as a citizen of Turlock you should be concerned. I know I am.

  4. John's wife says:

    Well maybe hubby…you should spread young legs and put you head between the two and promptly stick your head in your own (*edited by tcn).

  5. Union Leaders Whining AGAIN says:

    So the trio leading Turlock’s Police Union are whining again??? Russell can’t pay to send his kids to private school, tell his chubby wife to get a job? Remember that meeting a couple of years ago, when the police union leaders were moaning and complaining about how “little” they made, then go somewhere else. Yes, you have one of the most difficult jobs in the country, and yes you are paid well for it and should be, but you already take 85% of the city’s budget, you have all the newest toys and gadgets thanks to Hampton, Howze, Spycher & Bublak (who shouldn’t vote on anything to do with police because she is an officer in Modesto), so what else do you want…a new building, check, a SWAT vehicle, check, a gym NO other city employee can use, thanks “wellness TEAM”, check…Holeman, shut your hole!

  6. Name those Police Officers says:

    Let me guess, who the “anonymous” cops are…Neil Cervenka, Jason Toste & Russell Holeman, enough already! Quite complaining and patrol the streets.

  7. JOHN says:

    Be careful what you ask for, you just may get it. Did you not read the article? Tenured Officers are doing just that, leaving for other agencies. There was no mention about pay, so I’m not sure what you allege they are “whining” about? A simple factual statement was made yet you somehow morphed it into something else. Please stay on topic. While TAPO has nothing do with the purchase of a new building, an alleged “new” SWAT vehicle, or other “gadgets” (that’s an Admin decision in case you didn’t know), you are correct, they do have new gym equipment. Gym equipment purchased 100% by TAPO. So why would any other City employee be allowed to use it? Your lack of knowledge on the items and your personal attacks demonstrate your lack of professionalism and really discredit anything you have to say. As a citizen of Turlock, I am concerned that seasoned Officers are leaving. You should be too.

  8. JOHN says:

    Funny, you mention that TAPO purchased 100% of the equipment and you don’t want to share the gym with other staff members, or why should you. Just that single statement shows how selfish you are. Every department in the city is giving up something to keep their jobs, like every other business in the valley and police and fire departments. You guys actually think calling out the city officials about the budget is going to help your cause. You cant share the gym equipment and but the city needs to give more to your union….. comical

  9. Well... says:

    I wouldn’t want to be a cop in this corrupt city. Have you seen the people they have to deal with?

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