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Oakland Chief Praises Mayor's Plan to End Police Hiring Freeze

Oakland, CA, police chief LeRonne Armstrong on Tuesday praised a new proposal by the mayor to unfreeze dozens of positions and beef up his department’s staffing after a wave of killings and organized robberies across the city.

December 1, 2021

Seattle City Council Cuts Police Budget

The plan is notably smaller than the 2020 budget of $401.8 million and continues a trend of decreases since a $363 million budget was announced in 2021. It does, however, leave room for new hires, as it provides funding for 1,357 officers. The Seattle Police Department currently has 1,120 officers.

November 24, 2021

Minneapolis Chief Asks City Council for Refunding of Department

Minneapolis Chief Asks City Council for Refunding of Department

Overtime hours due to staffing shortages has doubled since last year, finance director Robin McPherson told the council. The department also eliminated several units, like some community response teams and those focused on gangs and weapons.

October 20, 2021

Oakland Chief: Defunding Police will Make City Less Safe

Oakland Chief: Defunding Police will Make City Less Safe

In a briefing Monday morning, Armstrong made the case that the change in funding, and reduced ability to hire new officers as a result, would prevent Oakland police from adequately completing even day-to-day tasks like traffic enforcement and responding to emergency calls.

June 30, 2021

Crime, Chauvin Trial Security Have Exhausted Minneapolis PD's OT Budget
75% of Portland Residents Do Not Want Reduction in Police

75% of Portland Residents Do Not Want Reduction in Police

According to the survey, 75 percent of Portland-area residents said they don't want policing in the city to dip below its current levels. Half said they want more cops on the streets, while 24 percent said they want policing levels to remain the same.

May 19, 2021

Minneapolis Mayor Admits Calls to Defund Police Plays Role in City's Rising Crime Rate

Shootings in L.A. Up 73% in 2021

Homicides classified by the department as “gang-related'' increased by 44% and represent just under half of shooting victims this year, according to Moore, and the city has experienced a 41% increase in victims shot in gang-related shootings.

April 27, 2021

After 215% Rise in Homicides, Oakland Adds $10 Million to Public Safety

After 215% Rise in Homicides, Oakland Adds $10 Million to Public Safety

The council said the money will fully restore Oakland’s Fire Department Services, restore Operation Ceasefire, walking foot patrol officers, expand ShotSpotter, and add community safety ambassadors in areas like Chinatown and the Fruitvale District, among other things.

April 14, 2021

Seattle Police 911 Response Time Does Not Meet Goals, More Budget Cuts Considered
Budget Cuts Could Result in San Francisco Police Layoffs

Budget Cuts Could Result in San Francisco Police Layoffs

San Francisco police are facing possible budget cuts that could result in 167 officers — or 11 percent of the force — and 43 civilians being laid off as the pandemic prompts city departments to tighten their belts.

February 18, 2021

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