The 2019-2020 budget can be found below.
|Police Salary Adjustments||Salary adjustments for step increases and higher ranked officers||$542,000
|New Police Officers||23 new full time positions. 9- month funding||$3,225,659
|Additional Police Personnel||Additional Hires to support police functions||$858,136
|Police Officer Equipment||New equipment & cost increase over previous years||$609,720
|Police Salary||Salary needs for additional/ongoing police||$2,927,496|
|Enhanced Body Camera Initiative||Replace cameras for all offices on a three-year cycle. Includes data storage, maintenance, and next generation cameras||$512,578|
|Police Hybrid Sedan Initiative||Approximately 106 new hybrid sedans customized for law enforcement use each year, ongoing||$4,050,000|
Currently, Funding Our Future sales tax revenue is supporting the Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD). This revenue is helping address resident concerns about the safety of their neighborhoods. Funding is being used to train and hire new police officers and support staff to serve 23 neighborhood beats. These neighborhood beats will provide the community policing model that residents requested.
When Salt Lake City Council 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.”
Currently, Funding Our Future sales tax revenue has supported the SLCPD to hire new officers and order all necessary equipment for them. The officers are currently either in training, field training, or on the street. The majority of the civilian positions have been filled with the others in process.
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. On April 7th, the Salt Lake City Council accepted public comment and adopted parts of Budget Amendment No. 4 for FY 2020-2021 which includes funding for three new fire vehicles, as part of Funding Our Future. Early in May, SLCPD hosted a Facebook Live AMA about public safety with Chief Mike Brown and others. One thing that was discussed was the current hiring freeze; however, PD will continue to accept applications and communicate with applicants on a regular basis. At the May 19th work session, the Council discussed the SLCPD budget. The PD budget includes funding for officers, equipment, and civilian employees like social workers, data analysts, and crime lab technicians. Discussion included an update on creating a bike squad of officers focused on City parks, next generation of body worn cameras, changes in crime reports during the pandemic, costs to maintain the fleet for PD, among other topics.
Updated May 2020