Monday, June 21, 2010
Question #1: Reductions in Police Officers
Here's question #1: Do you feel a steep reduction in uniformed officers in neighboring Oakland will affect public safety in San Leandro and Hayward?
Oakland has one of the highest homicide rates in the country, but San Leandro's incidents of crime were so low that the city's application for increased police funding for its department was passed over because crime was too low.
Nevertheless, San Leandro's budget cuts for the next fiscal year calls for two officers to be cut. This brings the force down to 88 for a population of roughly 85,000 and it could conceivably drop further if the economy continues to stagnate. Both San Leandro Police Chief Ian Willis and City Manager Stephen Hollister have said the smallest the force could become before be overwhelmed is around 82, or the number of officers employed during another recession in the 1990s--incidentally when crime was the highest.
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