Thank you for your comments last night at council. Your concern had been passed on to staff and I had thought we had addressed the issue. I apologize that I misunderstood the status of the response to your request/complaint. As you now know, TPD officers work contracted off-duty assignments at a variety of locations. Some of those are private businesses including stores and restaurants or community events where they are paid by the event or organization to be there. They also work for other governmental agencies like Pierce Transit to provide security at various transit locations. All of these instances are in addition to the work they do as officers paid by the City of Tacoma and sometimes these duties are requirements placed by the City for events, construction projects, or certain problem spots (other times they are requested by the business to address an issue they may have such as shoplifting).
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Sometimes when you ask a politician like Joe Lonergan an accountability question this is the kind of BS answer you get. This is an attempt to “educate” me on all the wonderful rainbows and unicorns the police spread in our community. Yes, I should be appreciative and sufficiently dazzled by the answer to fade away. No, I think not I am smart enough to know when stripper glitter is lobbed at me. Let’s try again.
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