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. Most positions have been filled with some others in the process of being hired.
The Mayor and City Council have held multiple discussions on the 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 2020, 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. Stay up to date on Racial Equity and Policing with the City Council hub here.
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|