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Report finds SD needs more money for police

A new study from the state controller's office bolsters evidence that the city of San Diego needs to find more money for law enforcement. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.


A new study from the state controller's office bolsters evidence that the city of San Diego needs to find more money for law enforcement. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

San Diego's Center of Policy Initiatives, a thinktank that advocates for working families, says the State Controller's figures show the city of San Diego has decreased spending on police since the year 2000, while its population has increased.

CPI Spokesman Paul Karr says one consequence is that San Diego has the highest ratio of reported crimes per police officer of all California's large cities.

Karr: "It demonstrates pretty clearly that we need to look at new revenue sources, cos although crimes may be falling, the number of officers we have on staff - their work load is too much."

Eight percent of police positions are unfilled in San Diego, as officers quit to move to other cities. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders will announce a police recruitment and retention policy soon, but the city's tight budget means the policy won't include higher salaries. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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