Consider This: Leadership requires tough decisions

Last week KCBD brought you an exclusive story about Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens moving 15 officers from the detective division to fill vacancies in patrol.

Stevens says it's about priorities. He said, "Patrol is what we do. Answering calls is our job."

The chief says the move serves the best interests of public safety and reduces the amount of overtime paid to cover patrol functions.

CLEAT, the de facto police union that represents less than 20 percent of officers, is considering litigation. It wants the move delayed until the union can determine how to make the staffing changes.

Consider this: I am glad to see that we have a leader at the Lubbock Police Department.

Command decisions can be tough, but that's what a leader has to do.

Sometimes those decisions are unpopular, but the safety of citizens and officers alike are the Chief's responsibility. It is his job to look at the big picture.

And if the police union doesn't like it, there are job openings somewhere else.

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