Concerns Growing Over San Francisco Police Department Staffing

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – In order to save money, the San Francisco Police Department failed to replace the 100 officers who retired or left the force last year, leaving many concerned about police staffing.

The move saved both the department and city millions of dollars, this as former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom called on each city department to cut 10 percent of its budget.

In the department’s proposed budget, there are also plans to cut police academy classes next year, with would save the city and department about $5 million per class.

The classes are the main tool for training possible replacements within the department.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

But the moves have left San Francisco Police Commissioner James Slaughter concerned about public safety.

“There are many important issues that come before this Commission, but none more important than that,” Slaughter said.

San Francisco Interim Police Chief Jeff Godown said he understands the concerns.

“We’re doing everything on our end as a department to look at every administrative position to see if we can put them out in the field,” Godown said. ”We are looking at a 20 percent reduction in staff.”

He said that in order to maintain the staffing they have now, he needs two academy classes each year just to stay even.

The department is hiring 19 new officers, who have been lured from other departments.

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  1. charlesgold says:

    S.F.P.D. CAN MAKE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.
    START GIVING TICKETS TO DRIVERS WHO DRIVE THEIR CAR WHILE
    TALKING OR TEXTING ON THEIR CELL PHONE..
    THIS LAW A LAW PASSED LAST YEAR.
    THIS WOULD SAVE LAYOFFS.
    JUST A SUGGESTION.
    THANKS.

  2. charlesgold says:

    giving tickets to drivers who are using cell phone while driving a vehicle.
    YOU CAN CERTAINLY BRING IN THE TO S.F.P.D. MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

    I BELIEVE THAT IS A LEGAL LAW IN CALIFORNIA.
    WHY ISN’T THE S.F.P.D. GIVING TICKETS TO THOSE DRIVERS.
    I SEE THIS VIOLATION GOING ON CONSTANTL

    S.F.P.D. CAN MAKE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

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