Cash-Strapped Vallejo Police Struggle With Cuts

VALLEJO (KCBS) – Police officials in the city of Vallejo have been forced to do more with a lot less, something that is never more evident than this weekend, as the department deals with two separate homicide investigations.

Vallejo Police Lieutenant Ken Weaver manages the detective division and said they used to be a vibrant police force with 150 officers.

But because of the city filing for bankruptcy in 2008, the force is now down to 90 officers, with layoffs, retirements and officers moving to other jurisdictions.

“We’re maxed out right now,” Weaver said.

KCBS’ Mark Seelig Reports:

This weekend, homicide detectives worked on a pair of shootings: one Friday morning near Tennessee Street and another Saturday morning on Dublin Drive.

“With two homicides back-to-back, chasing down witnesses and leads puts a strain on my resources,” Weaver said. “The guys do a fantastic job, but we just don’t have enough people at the moment.”

Weaver said it would be great if there was enough money available to hire thirty more officers and support staff, but the reality is that they’re constantly shifting positions just to keep basic services up and running.

“We had to suspend our street team and roll them into being detectives,” he said. “Just to increase the manpower to keep up with the workload.”

The city has announced plans on how it wants to emerge from bankruptcy, but until more solid information comes out, Weaver said the force will continue to work hard, never cut corners and solve crimes as quickly as possible.

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  • Tours Martel

    Maybe if police and firemen weren’t overpaid and over-pensioned the city could afford to hire more. But that requires being less self-absorbed, not a likely attribute among union Democrats.

  • Zack Debarco

    You get what you pay for! The cops and firemen get paid what the current market conditions are. it’s part and parcel of basic economic theory. As for the pensions, the city/county/state negotiated with the cops/firemen and each side gave up something to come to an agreement. Just because the politicians in charge didn’t save the funds needed to satisfy the agreements doesn’t make the cops/firemen the bad guys. Poor financial management by the elected officials is to blame. Don’t buy a Mercedes if you only have money for a VW.
    or Don’t buy more house than you can afford. Sound familiar.

  • Mike Corazon

    Over paid Police and Fire? How much money should one get for putting his life on the line everyday when he/she shows up for work? I am so sick and tired of hearing people whine about overpaid public safety. Tours what do you do for a living? I am sure that the job you have if any doesn’t require quite the same commitment. In this day and age Public Safety does not get paid enough, compared to what is asked of them. The governments want to hire the best people. Hire people of lower quality and wage and you will see what society will become.

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