The new overtime plan is expected to be implemented in the next week or two and would require some officers to work 2-3 hours of overtime on days when staffing is below minimum levels.
Libby Schaaf and Noel Gallo are both questioning why the police department is significantly below its budgeted staffing level.
Three Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety officers who shot and killed a knife-wielding man during a SWAT standoff last summer were cleared of any wrongdoing by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Taking their cue from tweets bashing the New York Police Department, Twitter critics of police in the Bay Area and Los Angeles have been posting photos of people roughed up or injured in scuffles with officers.
An independent police auditor and former judge delivered her year-end report on the San Jose Police Department, which included a recommendation to fire some officers.
Mayor Osby Davis said there is enough money in the city budget to hire at least 17 new officers.
More San Francisco police officers have been assigned to Muni buses and trains, in an effort to stop the increasing number of robberies and thefts of riders’ electronic devices.
The City of Vallejo has $2.5 million to put toward more officers on the streets, but those funds will soon be diverted to repaving because the city can’t find qualified candidates to take the jobs.
It seems clear the department’s understaffing is having some serious repercussions.
Oakland Interim Police Chief Sean Whent said the department made mistakes in the handling of the initial protest the night of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.