Roughly one week after a police officer was hurt by a resident of Cayuga Centers, the agency’s board of trustees received a letter from Auburn Police Local 195: “We can no longer accept that a good faith effort is being made to fix what we feel is broken.”
The Aug. 9 letter from the city police officers union went on to discuss concerns with Cayuga Centers and its residential treatment program for at-risk youth in Auburn. The concerns included a “steady increase in calls for service” to the APD from the agency, including sex offenses, assaults and missing person complaints. The letter also addressed issues with violent residents and “inexperienced staff.”
“The volume and severity of these calls continues to rise and something needs to be done,” it said.