Council members this afternoon are negotiating what changes they will make to Mayor Pedro Segarra’s proposed $557.4 million budget. Members have said the police department is likely a target for further cuts.
Council President Shawn Wooden said last week that the panel may eliminate all or part of an incoming class of 30 police officers.
“We’ve been advocating for the past couple of years for civilianizing positions that we have police officers performing,” Wooden said. “We’re looking at whether we can put 20 officers back on patrol by taking them off desk jobs, thereby alleviating the need to hire more police at this time.”
On Tuesday, Wooden said the council is considering putting up to 30 officers back on patrol from desk jobs, and civilianizing the desk positions. Members are expected to vote on the amendments later this afternoon. For more on what the council is negotiating, watch the videos below.
Shawn Wooden talks Tuesday about council’s goals for budget amendments:
Councilman Raul DeJesus discusses the potential impact to the police department: