Serpas to highlight achievements in budget hearing

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 2:14am

Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas will address Mayor Karl Dean during Metro’s budget hearings Tuesday morning before addressing the state Senate Judiciary Committee in the afternoon.

Police spokesman Don Aaron said Serpas would highlight his department’s high points and successes for Dean with very little to no mention of job cuts. Later Serpas will push the Judiciary Committee to support a bill that would force armed robbery convicts to serve more of their full sentence.

The committee will consider a bill that would increase the percentage of time convicts of aggravated robbery with a weapon must serve. The bill would increase the percentage of a sentence served from 30 percent to 85 percent, according to a summary of the bill.

Senate Bill 3431, sponsored by Davidson County Sen. Doug Henry, along with Diane Black and Mark Norris, would also divert “certain non-violent property offenders” to community correction, probation or a diversion program instead of straight to jail.

Non-violent property offenses include: forgery, shoplifting credit card fraud and certain types of theft.


4 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 3/30/10 at 5:03

The Chief would have you believe everything "good" that has
happened in the city is directly attributed to him and his force.
While that may be partically true many-many other factors are
always envolved but never mentioned. He's always been a
stats man and loves to expound upon them for hrs. if allowed to.
Budget hearings are only pep rallies anymore and nothing for the
public to truly learn from viewing or listening!

By: TITAN1 on 3/30/10 at 6:20

Thank you chief, for a job well done! Keep up the good work!

By: xhexx on 3/30/10 at 10:34

He going to rattle off how many donuts he's consumed?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 3:22

the committee needs to review sentencing guidelines for all types of violent crimes, not just aggrevated robbery with a weapon.

btw, good job MNPD. now if the judiciary would just do their job as well.