Tallahassee Reports recently wrote a story about a “crisis brewing” at the City of Tallahassee Police Department. The research by TR documented how concerns and requests by the Police Department had been ignored for years. Calls for service had increased, while sworn officer positions had declined since 2008. Read full story here.
Now, with the recent focus on gun violence, it appears the City is trying to respond, though some say it is rather late.
Tallahassee Reports has learned that the proposed 2015 budget for the City did not include any new sworn positions. However, a City of Tallahassee press release states:
While not included in the proposed budget, the City Manager is recommending the option of adding six new police officers. The recommendation is to fund the positions through the deficiencies fund for one year, then through the regular budget in subsequent years.
A year ago a request for six officers by the Police Department was denied by the City Commission.
Sources, requesting anonymity, told TR “it took a crisis to get the City’s attention.”
Another said, “the police department has needed officers for years, and we are happy to get them, regardless of management motives.”
And finally, another source said, “this is election year politics, they are adding new officers at the last minute to cover for their years of neglect.”