Apr 5, 2008

Jeep Paying Toledo Police for Extra Security at Toledo North

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(Toledo, OH) I received a document from a confidential source that details the amount of money that Chrysler LLC is spending at the Toledo North Assembly plant on Toledo police officers. Neither TPD nor Chrysler has returned my calls as to the reason for the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent in the past few months.

The photo shows an invoice detailing the wages paid to individual officers. For their personal privacy and safety I cropped the image to remove their names and addresses. Since the special operations at Jeep began, Chrysler LLC has incurred $132,440.00 in expense to keep Toledo police on the site.

I know that Jeep normally utilizes the services of the security conglomerate Wackenhut, so I doubt that this is merely an attempt to cover labor shortages. Besides, with an unemployment rate in Toledo approaching 8 percent, I am sure that there are plenty of qualified people who could be hired to handle basic security functions.

It also does not appear from the invoice that TPD officers are moonlighting, as the figures listed are assigned a single invoice number. It appears that Jeep is sending weekly bills to the City of Toledo for the work that the officers are performing.

One reliable source in the plant heard that Jeep management believes that there are "up to 50 people" the company believes might be capable of workplace violence, and that they are concerned about the possibility of another tragedy like the bloody rampage of Myles Meyers in 2005. Another source cojectured that there might be a major theft ring being investigated, and that the officers are working undecover to ferret out people who may be engaged in theft of company property.

If you work at Jeep and know more about this situation, feel free to leave your thoughts in the Comments section.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe they like the roach coach donuts at Jeep???

GraphicGuy said...

Although the 'invoices' are, at first glance 'damning', the whole thing isn't making sense.

Being an outside vendor, I'm all over TNAP, and have been for months. It's the same guys, day in and day out - except for the guys that retired.

I'm also ex-PD and still have a pretty good 'eye' and 'feel' in my surroundings and I can spot a cop or someone carrying a mile away. If there were a drug or theft ring going on, Jeep wouldn't be paying for Officers - TPD would be doing the invest. on their own. In either case, there would probably be a 'higher authority' than just TPD involved also.

"Up to 50....capable of workplace violence"? It's doubtful anyone is going to go ballistic unless there's a 'trigger', e.g. dismissal or layoff to set them off, at which time Jeep might call in 'reinforcements', but probably not before. People usually see that their co-worker is a loose cannon and often report that kind of behavior to management. Since no one wants to be shot, and even though they're 'union brothers', the co-worker would certainly notify management if they witness more extreme behavior, so this would suffice to be that 'watchful eye' on the floor.

I can't explain the 'invoices', but even though it looks like sh*t and has the slight odor of sh*t, I firmly believe it's not what it appears. And there's really no place for them to 'hide'.

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GraphicGuy said...

By nothing more than sheer luck, your tip-off to the media was well timed *this time*, but the scenario very well could have played out differently.

I understand you're a 'journalist', and your 'job' is to report that which the public has a right to know, *but* had this been a different type of investigation and had it not been 'closed', *you* would have been the one that put officers in danger!

You didn't know what was going on. You didn't know that it was over. You didn't consider that you could have compromised the investigation *or* the lives of the Officers involved!

In regards to "...one could argue that it was irresponsible not to let employees know of potential danger.", why cause undue strain on employees by telling them their lives *may* be in danger, causing production loss and potential on-the-job injuries because the employee is constantly worrying and looking over his shoulder and not paying attention to what he is supposed to be doing? Not knowing the 'When/How/Where's', Jeep called in professionals to protect and to watch for any situation that *may* develop.

If you can take your money for this story and sleep well, then you're a better man than me.

Over-zealous and irresponsible reporting is what I call it.