The purpose of this Mayor and Council Communication (M&C) is to adopt an ordinance to reduce the Police Department's authorized staffing levels by forty-two vacant positions in the classification (rank) of Police Officer to eliminate the last of the "overage" positions that had been previously created.
During 2017 the Police Department was running extra recruiting classes to staff up for the addition of a sixth patrol division. Because there were insufficient vacant officer positions due to lower-than-projected attrition and promotion rates and accelerated recruit-and-training schedules, positions had to be added to accommodate the academy graduates, with the intention of those positions being temporary.
Between August and December 2017, a total of ninety-four (94) positions were added in the Police Officer rank to accommodate graduates of Recruit Classes 142, 143, and 144 (M&Cs G-19054, G-19085, G-19169, Ordinances 22813-08-2017, 22856-08-2017, 23008-12-2017).
Since that time, attrition and promotions have occurred, allowing for the elimination of forty-three of the overage positions (M&Cs G-19278, G-19308, Ordinances 23210-05-2018, 23290-06-2018). In addition, nine of the overage Police Officer positions were "converted" to permanent positions when they were added to the budget in connection with the creation of the sixth patrol division and the addition of more school resource officers (M&Cs G-19119, G-19384, Ordinance 22942- 09-2017).
As of today, a total of forty-two (42) overage positions remain. Adoption of this M&C and the attached ordinance would eliminate those positions, bringing the Department's authorized strength back to where it should be based on prior staffing studies and Council actions.
Any further changes to authorized strength based on the most recently completed staffing study are planned to be addressed in connection with future budget cycles beginning with Fiscal Year 2020.
Approval of the attached ordinance would result in new authorized staffing levels, to be effective immediately, as follows:
Current Authorized Positions
Revised Authorized Positions
Remaining Temporarily Authorized Positions
NOTE - The position changes at issue in this M&C and ordinance do not in any way affect the civil service positions that were added with the receipt of the COPS Hiring Program Grant (M&C C-27135).
This M&C does not request approval of a contract with a business entity.