Currently, the majority of Funding Our Future sales tax revenue in the safety area has been supporting the Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD). Funding for the SLCPD is being used for police officers and support staff to serve 23 neighborhood beats with the originally identified goal of implementing community policing, as outlined in the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) study. Funding Our Future sales tax revenue funding is also supporting the Salt Lake City Fire Department (SLCFD).
When Salt Lake City Council originally adopted the FY 2019-2020 budget, they included intent language that “the definition of ‘public safety’ include the Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD), Salt Lake City Fire Department (SLCFD), and 911 Dispatch for allocation of Funding Our Future revenue.” As a part of budget amendment discussions, Mayor Mendenhall and Salt Lake City Council considered using Funding Our Future sales tax revenue to fund new vehicles for the SLCFD. In April 2020, the Salt Lake City Council accepted public comment and adopted parts of Budget Amendment No. 4 for FY 2019-2020 which includes funding for three new fire vehicles, as part of Funding Our Future.
Currently, Funding Our Future sales tax revenue has supported the SLCPD in several already hired officer positions along with equipment for them. Many officers are currently either in training or on the street. Civilian positions have been filled with the others in process. At the May 19th 2020 work session, the City Council discussed the SLCPD budget for FY 2020-2021. At the June 2nd public hearing for the 2020-21 budget, Council heard from hundreds of individuals about concerns over the Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) proposed budget. The proposal was approximately $84.4 million, about a $2.1 million increase from the previous fiscal year which is largely based on contractual and State-mandated retirement fund contributions. During public comment, the Council mainly heard a resounding ask to eliminate or reduce funding for the Police Department and use those dollars for other community needs. Council held multiple follow-up discussions on the proposed SLCPD budget informed by public input and community concerns about race, equity, and justice in relation to law enforcement policies, procedures, budget, and ordinances. In June 2020, Salt Lake City Council approved the 2020-2021 Budget for the City. You can learn more about the budget here and specific actions adopted here.
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, the Salt Lake City Council, and members of the community also announced the Commission on Racial Equity in Policing, a advising body convened to make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on Salt Lake City’s policy, budget, and culture of policing. In August 2020, Mayor Mendenhall signed an Executive Order directing Chief Mike Brown to make reforms to the SLCPD’s policies. Learn more details about the reforms here. The Salt Lake City REP Commission hosted a televised community conversation with Commission members, Mayor Erin Mendenhall, Police Chief Mike Brown and the City Council on January 28, 2021. You can rewatch it on Facebook and YouTube. You can find more information on the latest updates about the SLCPD budget here.
Updated April 2021
The budget information below is for fiscal year 2020-2021.
|Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) Staff||Ongoing partial funding for 63 total staff members: 50 SLCPD officers and civilian personnel who provide support in records, crime lab, social work, data analysis, etc.||$8,749,563
|Body Cameras||Contributing partial funding to Body Cameras, Tasers and Data. While this item was moved to Non-Departmental (from SLCPD), it is still for the Safety Need Area.||$512,578|
|Social Worker Program||While this item was moved to Non-Departmental (from SLCPD), it is still for the Safety Need Area.||$139,390|