Salt Lake City Council approves funding for 50 new officers

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Salt Lake City Council voted Tuesday to fund 50 new police officers, plus additional employees to the Salt Lake City Police Department’s social work office, crime lab and civilian workforce.

Council members proposed adding the 50 new officers last month in response to resident concerns that their neighborhoods are becoming less safe.

The council also decided to fund four new positions related to social work at the Community Connection Center (CCC), an office in the police department dedicated to helping those experiencing homelessness.

“It has long been my desire to expand the variety of resources available to our police department,” said Council Chair Stan Penfold. “Our PD needs every tool available to meet our public safety challenges.”

The increase in officers would require about a $4 million increase in this fiscal year’s budget. Council members acknowledged that adding more officers will require evaluating many funding options to pay for the increase in the force.

The new officers would be phased in over the next year as they are trained for patrol. Nine other position supported by the council include employees for the crime lab and a victim advocate position.

Did you miss it? Watch the December 5, 2017 City Council meeting below: 

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