[Ibogaine] news, cops cant drug test for free anymore in az

Dana Beal dana at phantom.com
Thu Jul 24 20:43:33 EDT 2008


No! They're going to cut loose armed robbers!

Wait a minute.

They ARE the armed robbers.

Dana/cnw

On Jul 24, 2008, at 8:19 PM, Adam Nodelman wrote:

> I'm sure they will find a way...less rape kits or less surveillance  
> of level 1 sex offenders is my guess.
>
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>
> By Howard Fischer
> Capitol Media Services
>
> Published on Thursday, July 24, 2008
>
> PHOENIX - A last-minute deal to balance the state budget could  
> force local
> police to choose between laying off workers or not pursuing certain  
> crimes.
>
> The budget which Gov. Janet Napolitano helped craft cuts the state
> allocation for the Department of Public Safety crime lab by more  
> than half.
> It also directs the agency to make up that difference by billing  
> police,
> fire and sheriff's departments and medical examiner's offices a  
> total of
> $7.8 million for lab work that, until now, was done for free.
>
> And because the budget deal was not made public until late June, it  
> also
> came after cities and counties already had adopted their own budget -
> budgets which never counted on a new bill from DPS.
>
> Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever said Wednesday that goes back on  
> what
> essentially was a promise made when tax dollars were used to set up  
> the
> crime lab in the first place - that the lab would provide services  
> to police
> agencies throughout the state.
>
> "I think it's a little outrageous," said Dever, whose agency would  
> have to
> pay $137,000 this year under a proposal crafted by DPS. More to the  
> point,
> he said it could hamper crime fighting efforts.
>
> "The dangerous part, of course, is that law enforcement agencies  
> may be in a
> position because of cost to have to kind of 'cherry pick' which  
> cases they're
> going to send up to the lab for analysis," Dever said. "A lot of  
> potentially
> useful information and lab analysis that we get that could lead to  
> other
> convictions down the road is going to be lost."
>
> Flagstaff Police Chief Brent Cooper, whose agency would need to  
> come up with
> more than $233,000, said he was particularly upset that no one  
> bothered to
> tell police chiefs and sheriffs this was even being considered.  
> Now, Cooper
> said, his department is going to have to figure out how to come up  
> with the
> cash without scrapping investigations.
>
> "I do pledge to the victims of our community that we will do  
> everything we
> can within our power to make sure that their cases are processed  
> properly,"
> he said.
>
> The idea did not come from DPS.
>
> "We're not in favor of doing this," said Deputy DPS Director Pennie
> Gillette-Stroud. But she said she recognizes that the state's  
> economy has
> resulted in not enough tax revenues to support all government  
> services.
>
> "There had to be a way to be able to make attempts to balance the  
> budget for
> the state," she said.
>
> Napolitano echoed that theme, citing the $2 billion gap between  
> anticipated
> revenues and expenses.
>
> "The pain is going to have to be spread in many ways," she said.
>
> "In an ideal situation, sure, you would like to provide those  
> services free
> of charge," the governor continued. "But we weren't dealing with an  
> ideal
> situation."
>
> Tom Kelly, a spokesman for the Apache Junction police department,  
> called the
> more than $121,000 hit to his department "devastating."
>
> "I don't know where the money will come from," he said. "There  
> could be
> layoffs or less city services in public works, the library or public
> safety."
>
> And then there's the option of simply ordering less lab work.
>
> "We can't tell a family that their family member is less important  
> than
> anyone else," Kelly said. "It may be a question of 'Do we send for  
> blood?'
> (or) 'Do we go for latent (prints)?' "
>
> Even Tucson Police Department, which has its own crime lab, will be  
> hit to
> the tune of about $91,000 because it sends blood and urine samples  
> to DPS
> for drug analysis. Sgt. Fabian Pacheco said his agency will have to  
> find the
> money somewhere to ensure that all cases are prosecuted.
>
> "I don't think victims should have to pay the price" of the budget  
> crunch,
> he said.
>
> Clint Norred, an officer with the Yuma Police Department said the  
> question
> of what to do next will depend on exactly how DPS structures its  
> billing.
>
> One approach is based on the amount of lab work each agency sent to  
> DPS last
> year. In Yuma's case that would be more than $112,000.
>
> But another option would be the a la carte approach, with agencies  
> paying
> for each procedure requested.
>
> For example, DPS would charge $87 to analyze a blood sample for  
> alcohol and
> provide the necessary court testimony.
>
> Lab work for "date rape" drugs would cost $330 each, with biological
> screening running between $125 and $500 per case.
>
> Norred said if that becomes the billing method his department will be
> shopping around to see if a private lab can do the work cheaper.
>
> And Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said his agency, facing a  
> potential
> $354,000 bill, may follow the lead of Mesa and Scottsdale police  
> who have
> set up their own crime labs.
>
> Arpaio also pointed out that DPS will be operating a new statewide  
> photo
> radar system which Gov. Janet Napolitano has predicted should bring  
> in $90
> million during its first partial year of operation. Those anticipated
> revenues were not considered in balancing the budget.
>
> "Why doesn't DPS take some of the money they're going to make with  
> photo
> radar enforcement and put it to this?" he asked. "Why now mess with  
> law
> enforcement and make them pay for crime analysis?"
>
> The change affects not just police but any agency that needs lab  
> work. That
> includes the Pima County Attorney's Office which sometimes requests  
> DNA or
> fingerprint analysis.
>
> "We understand that the state is having a tight year," said David  
> Berkman,
> the agency's chief criminal deputy. "But we're having a tight year  
> with our
> budget."
>
> Berkman noted, though, that the anticipated bill for his agency is  
> less than
> $8,000, something he said it will be able to absorb.
>
> Below is are preliminary figures based on a draft obtained from the  
> Arizona
> Department of Public Safety on what it is considering charging each  
> agency
> for lab services to save $7.8 million in its budget.
>
> Municipal
>
> . Benson Police Department: $41,908.73
>
> . Bisbee Police Department: $7,495.28
>
> . Douglas Police Department: $72,589.99
>
> . Huachuca City Police Department: $2,024.35
>
> . Patagonia Marshal's Office: 1,452.93$
>
> . Sierra Vista Police Department: $196,927.91
>
> . Tombstone Marshal's Office: $2,273.23
>
> . Statewide city subtotal: $5,689,385.25
>
> Counties
>
> . Cochise County Attorney's Office: $710.20
>
> . Cochise County Sheriff's Office: $137,066.20
>
> . Santa Cruz County Attorney: $236.73
>
> . Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office: $27,562.06
>
> . Santa Cruz METRO Task Force: $18,503.60
>
> . County subtotal: $2,110,914.75
>
> Overall total: $7,800,300
>
> Source: Department of Public Safety
>
> * Note that these preliminary figures are based on the number and  
> type of
> cases each agency referred to the crime lab last year.
>
> John Leptich of Tribune Newspapers contributed to this report.
>
>
>
>
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