Adding revenue to the existing police department budget will help address resident concerns about the safety of their neighborhoods. New revenue would be used to train and hire new officers and support staff who would help serve 23 neighborhood beats – providing the community policing model that residents requested.
Mayor's Recommended Budget
Competitive Compensation Adjustments
Increase base salary and make adjustments to the benefits program to aid in the recruitment and retention of new officers; helping to maintain Salt Lake City’s competitiveness among other regional agencies
New Police Officers
Hire and train 27 new police officers in 2019. The 27 new officers are part of the overall goal to recruit 50 new officers which was authorized by the City Council in 2017
Additional Civilian Police Personnel
Hire new civilian personnel related to the increase in police officers including a social worker, case manager, crime lab techs, victim advocate, records clerks, and crime intel analysts
Police Officer Equipment
Fund equipment associated with hiring new police officers
The above figures represent a shortened collection period for fiscal year 2019. Budgets reflect additional revenue only and do not represent total department spending.
During the April 17 City Council public hearing, staff presented a proposal for how the police department could use additional funding from the sales tax increase. Click the links below to see the presentations.