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Oakland City Council Votes to Cut Police Budget by $18 Million

Oakland City Council Votes to Cut Police Budget by $18 Million

There was some expectation that the council would delay the controversial decision but, by a vote of 7-2, the Oakland City Council approved a plan that will redirect the funds from the police department to the Department of Violence Prevention with the intention of improving public safety.

June 29, 2021

St. Louis Budget Plan Cuts $4 Million from Police, Eliminates 98 Vacant Officer Positions
Portland Has Fewest Officers in 25 Years, Chief Asks for Reductions in Budget Cuts

LAPD Pay Raises Take Effect During Talk of Budget Cuts, Layoffs

Union officials said LAPD already made sacrifices in 2020 when the City Council approved a $150 million cut to its police budget over the summer. That resulted in LAPD shuffling more than 300 positions, with some specialized detectives being reassigned to community stations and other neighborhood patrols being eliminated entirely.

January 20, 2021

Los Angeles City Council Scales Back Potential LAPD Layoffs

Los Angeles Considering Police Layoffs

“We have already experienced … a reduction in our workforce, between sworn and civilian, in excess of 500 personnel,” Chief Michael Moore said during a video Q&A with members of the news media. “To suffer further losses would be devastating to the safety of the city.”

December 3, 2020

Minneapolis Mayor Calls Further Police Budget Cuts "Irresponsible"

TX Governor Wants to Freeze Property Taxes for Cities that Defund Police

“If we have police brutality, we don't need fewer police, we need less police brutality, and so we need to take action, whether it be as a Legislature or in police departments or whatever the case may be,” Abbott said. "We do need to take action to ensure that law enforcement officers are trained in ways in which they will not engage in police brutality.”

August 18, 2020

Texas Governor Slams Austin for Unprecedented Police Budget Cut

"Some cities are more focused on political agendas than public safety," said Governor Abbott. "Austin’s decision puts the brave men and women of the Austin Police Department and their families at greater risk, and paves the way for lawlessness. Public safety is job one, and Austin has abandoned that duty."

August 14, 2020

Austin Cuts Police Budget by One-Third

These immediate cuts would include eliminating funding from three planned police cadet classes and reallocating funds to areas like violence prevention, food access, and abortion access programs. However, the council said it may allow one or two cadet classes to begin in fiscal year 2021 if a revised curriculum is completed and a "more appropriate recruitment program" is implemented.

August 13, 2020

City Council Cuts LAPD Hiring, Force to Fall Below 10K Sworn

Faced with a grim budget outlook and deluged by demands for reductions in police spending, the council voted 12 to 2 to take the Los Angeles Police Department down to 9,757 officers by next summer — a level of staffing not seen in the city since 2008.

July 1, 2020

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