Wrong Time for Police Cutbacks

This is precisely the wrong time to attack budgetary problems by cutting police personnel and services.

Increased taxes may be a difficult thing for voters to swallow, but if Prop. D fails, the San Diego Police Department will likely have to eliminate more than 150 police officer positions. With fewer officers in the field, response times will balloon and violent crimes will increase.

The SDPD is not the only department currently at risk. San Diego City Schools officials are considering eliminating a police department that provides nearly immediate services to faculty and students and keeps them safe in the process. What would happen to the calls for police services if the City Schools Police Department disappeared? They’d be tacked on to the calls stacking up in the SDPD call center.

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