CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: September 12, 2000
Subject/Title: Sworn Police Officer Staffing Ratio
Submitted by: Dennis Beougher, City Attorney
Approved by: Jon Elam, City Manager
Approve an Ordinance to amend Chapter 2.28, Peace Officer Standards and
Training, to add 2.28.030 establishing a ratio of 1.5 sworn police officers
to city population of 1,000 residents.
In order to protect and serve the residents of the City of Brentwood,
it is imperative that the Police Department maintains a reasonable ratio
of sworn Police Officers to Brentwood residents.
Staff brought this issue before the City Council for discussion at the
regular Council meeting held on August 22, 2000. The City Council directed
staff to prepare a policy to establish staffing levels for sworn Police
Officers that set the ratio of no less than 1.5 sworn Police Officers
per 1,000 Brentwood residents.
The staffing ratio as described above will be reflected each year in the
City budget. The staffing levels included in the budget will be based
on a population projection provided to Finance by the Community Development
Department and are subject to approval by the City Council.
Fiscal support to maintain the staffing ratio detailed above will be provided
through the General Fund and/or via grant funds when available.
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD TO AMEND CHAPTER
2.28 BY ADDING 2.28.030 CONCERNING RATIO OF SWORN OFFICERS TO CITY POPULATION
WHEREAS, the City Council desires to amend Chapter 2.28, Peace Officer
Standards and Training, to add 2.28.030 establishing a ratio of 1.5 sworn
police officers to city population of 1000 residents;
WHEREAS, the City’s General Plan is in the process of being updated and
revised and the City Council desires to establish an ordinance for police
services for the community;
WHEREAS, the Police Chief has indicated that this is the minimum level
of personnel to effectively provide emergency response, police protection
expected by the citizens, and services established as minimum policing
levels for Brentwood’s size, geography, and demographics.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
Chapter 2.28 is hereby amended to add Section 2.28.030 as follows:
“2.28.030 Ratio of Sworn Officers to City Population.
City of Brentwood hereby establishes as a minimum level of police services
that the City shall maintain a ratio of 1.5 sworn officers to 1000 residents.
The ratio may be less than this ratio for a period not to exceed 120 days
due to resignations, terminations, or retirements. The City population
shall be based on the most reliable estimates as approved by the City
PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood
at a regular meeting on the 12th day of September 2000 by the following