CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: August 22, 2000
Subject/Title: Police Department Staffing
Submitted by: Jon Elam, City Manager
Approved by: Jon Elam, City Manager
Discussion regarding police department staff and support levels.
Councilmember Gomes has requested the City council consider adopting an
ordinance that provides policy direction regarding staffing levels for
police services in the City. Chief Shaw requested Council direction on
this as he feels with the City’s rapid growth police service levels have
Presently the department has 31 sworn officers serving a population of
23,100. That translates into a ratio of 1.3 officers per 1000 residents.
Chief Shaw is suggesting a ration of 1.5 officers per thousand.
The major challenge in doing this is fiscal. By guaranteeing by policy
one departments staffing levels it could come at a cost of resources being
available to other departments.
Some cities discussing staffing levels as a range for 1.3 to 1.7 per thousand.
Police serivces in the year 2000-01 city budget total $ 5,408,479. This
is approximately 50 % of the total General Fund Budget, thus any policy
direction the Council makes has serious impacts on all City services.
This item is for discussion and direction to City staff.