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San Diego Council Members: Shifting Police Funds Will Take Time, Planning

The San Diego Police Department headquarters is shown in this updated photo.
Milan Kovacevic
The San Diego Police Department headquarters is shown in this updated photo.
While activists are calling for immediate reform, some San Diego City Council members say a thorough analysis of how, where and when to shift portions of the police department budget is needed first.

Some police-reform activists are calling for big cuts in the San Diego Police Department budget and transfer of the monies to social service agencies as soon as possible.

While some reforms, such as banning chokeholds, have been instituted already, several council members caution that re-imagining the police department thoughtfully will take time and planning.

Some supporters of police reform believe that smaller, incremental changes may still be possible this year, included in the deliberations over the budget for the coming fiscal year.


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Mayor Todd Gloria's 2021-22 budget proposed a $24 million increase in the police budget. Much of that will go to pension costs and almost none toward reforms.

David Garrick, City Hall reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune, talked with KPBS Midday Edition about council members' positions on a comprehensive analysis of police reform.

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