If there is anything my city is infamous for – besides the homicides, the filth, and the corruption – it’s frugality. While our “betters” at City Hall have no problem spending millions of dollars on bicycle sharing and outdoor “urban” concerts, they draw the line at providing adequate equipment for its police and fire departments.
Take this general message sent out last week:
A RECENT TEST WAS CONDUCTED ON THE CURRENT NITRILE GLOVES IN USE BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. ALL SIZES AND LOTS OF THE NITRILE GLOVES AT OFS FAILED THE CITY’S TEST. AT THIS POINT, ALL NITRILE GLOVES TESTED FAILED. ALL EMPLOYEES MUST DOUBLE GLOVE AND WEAR AN APPROPRIATE SIZE WHEN USING THE CURRENT NITRILE GLOVES. THE FAILURE OF THE GLOVES WAS THAT THEY WERE NOT THE APPROPRIATE THICKNESS. THE CITY IS WORKING TO REMEDIATE THIS ISSUE WITH THE VENDOR.
Most of us in the department have to conduct field tests on heroin, and occasionally have to handle substances like PCP – both of which can be absorbed through the skin. Similarly, we usually come into contact with blood at crime scenes, and now we’re told – after years of use – the gloves we have been issued are inefficient? Are you f**king serious?
So now we wait with bated breath for the city to purchase protective gloves with some, you know, protection. Until then, most of us are foregoing narcotics field tests and sending the items straight to the Chemical Lab. Lord knows the city won’t stand up for us in the case of contamination.