Currently, Funding Our Future sales tax revenue is supporting the Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD). Funding is being used for police officers and support staff to serve 23 neighborhood beats with community policing, based on the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) study.
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.” Currently, Funding Our Future sales tax revenue has supported the SLCPD in hiring new officers and ordering all necessary equipment for them. The officers are currently either in 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. 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.
At the May 19th work session, the City Council discussed the SLCPD budget. At the June 2nd public hearing for the 2020-21 budget, Council heard from approximately 200 individuals about concerns over the Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) proposed budget. The proposal is 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. On June 16th, 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. On June 25th, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, the Salt Lake City Council, and members of the community announced the Commission on Racial Equity in Policing, a new advising body convened to make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on Salt Lake City’s policy, budget, and culture of policing. On July 10th, Council Members Chris Wharton, Ana Valdemoros, and Amy Fowler participated in an “Ask Me Anything” event on the Salt Lake City Police Department budget and racial equity efforts. You can rewatch it on Facebook.
Updated July 2020
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||$512,578|