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Is San Diego Doing Enough To Maintain Its Police Force?

Evening Edition

Aired 4/15/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS

Jeff Jordon, vice president San Diego Police Officers Association,

Marti Emerald, San Diego City Councilmember representing District 9, she's also chair of the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee for the City of San Diego.

Transcript

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's first budget released today contains funds for new police recruits and upgrades in police equipment. But is it enough?

The San Diego Police Officers Association says more than half the force will be eligible for retirement in the next four years. On top of that, higher pay in other law enforcement agencies siphoned away nearly 30 percent of San Diego city police officers who've been hired since 2005.

So what does San Diego need to do to maintain a fully-staffed police force?

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