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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Twenty-seven civilian employees to lose IMPD jobs"

That was the heading to this Nov. 18th ILB entry, referencing an IndyStar story.

This afternoon Fox 59 has this headline: "Prosecutor claims, "We've been blindsided," in firing of transcriptionists: Straub's office advised the employees two weeks ago that their jobs were being eliminated due to a new automatic system for recording police reports." Some quotes:

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry told Fox 59 News, “We’ve been blindsided,” by Public Safety Director Frank Straub’s plans to eliminate the jobs of more than two dozen police transcriptionists.

Curry’s staff will ask the Public Safety Committee of the City-County Council to find funding to keep ten transcriptionists on the job in 2012.

Straub’s office advised the employees two weeks ago that their jobs were being eliminated due to a new automatic system for recording police reports.

Curry said many of the furloughed transcriptionists do more than type out daily run reports. They transcribe witness and victim statements for prosecutors and courts.

“It is very common in a homicide case to have as many as five or ten or more written statements,” said Curry. “It is an absolute crisis if we don’t have those prepared.”

Curry said under trial rules his office is obligated to provide typed transcripts to defense attorneys.

Straub’s told City-County councilors during budget hearings in September that the courts or the prosecutor, not the department of public safety, should pay for those services.

“There’s no money in our budget to take care of that sort of responsibility,” said Curry. “We have no space to house those folks. We have no equipment. This has been the responsibility of Public Safety for several years.”

Curry estimated it would cost $485,000 to keep the transcriptionists on the job in the coming year.

Read this in conjunction with the earlier entry.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 7, 2011 04:27 PM
Posted to Indiana Government