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Budget Cuts

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.

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St. Louis Budget Plan Cuts $4 Million from Police, Eliminates 98 Vacant Officer Positions

The Board of Estimate and Apportionment voted 2-1 in favor of the cuts, with Mayor Tishaura Jones and Comptroller Darlene Green supporting the move and Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed opposed.

GA House Passes Bill Banning the Defunding of Police

The proposal would ban cities and counties from cutting spending on police departments by more than 5% in a year, unless they experience revenue loss.

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.

Portland Has Fewest Officers in 25 Years, Chief Asks for Reductions in Budget Cuts

On Thursday, Portland police reassigned sergeants and officers from three precincts "in an effort to reduce overtime costs."

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.

Los Angeles Mayor Vetoes Plan to Reallocate Police Funding

“Los Angeles should be leading America by piloting bold ideas like exploring a guaranteed basic income, confronting the stark Black-white disparity among people experiencing homelessness, driving racial reconciliation, protecting jobs held by people of color with new opportunities in the city workforce and working in closer collaboration with our communities on allocation decisions,'' Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a letter to the City Council Monday night.

Seattle PD Has Spent Its Overtime Budget, City Council Wants More Cuts

Council members declined to unfreeze the $2.9 million Monday, saying savings from officer departures might still be achieved. They said they could revisit the question next month.

City Council Cuts $8 Million from Minneapolis PD Budget

Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis President Bob Kroll said the city council's actions will still seriously harm the police department and public safety.

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Los Angeles City Council Scales Back Potential LAPD Layoffs

Councilman Paul Krekorian called for his colleagues to scale back that list by nearly two-thirds, and seek to find savings elsewhere — possibly from other city agencies.

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