The five-year plan for the San Diego Police Department has been tied up due to a delayed vote by the City Council. If approved, the expenditures would cover costs for things line a new system to handle 9-1-1 calls in addition to new gear. A spokesperson for the council has not indicated why the measure has not moved forward.
The plan has already garnered approval from the public safety committee. They have further proposed hiring an additional 160 officers to offset departmental attrition and cuts that were made in years past. Some say the document is currently tied up in the mayor’s office. Council President Todd Gloria said he’s not sure why it hasn’t been passed from Mayor Filner’s office to theirs.
A reported mayoral policy that states Filner needs to sign off on this type of plan before it can be put on the council docket may be to blame. The tie-up is confusing to many SDPD supporters, mostly because the mayor ran on a platform which promised beefing-up the dwindled police force. A representative from his office said he is currently in the process of amending the document before he passes it on. They have indicated a desire to have that happen before the end of April.
The mayor’s office has not outlined what types of additional items he will be adding to the plan. They are also not commenting on what the increased costs might look like. Police officials say they need additional officers and a revamped 9-1-1 system to continue to provide high-quality services to local residents.
Council members hope to have the plan approved within the next few weeks.