City of Phoenix Budget Proposal for 2010 Part 5 of 5

Reading through the City of Phoenix Budget Proposal for 2010 and once again it hits home that we are in a reverse stage of the cities growth. The 82 page PDF titled – Schedule 1: Proposed General Fund Budget Reductions by Department covers a $139 Million dollar reduction. I suggest you read through this. It is amazing to see what we have government for.

I suggest you attend a hearing if you have anything to say about this proposed budget: Phoenix Budget Hearings

A few things stood out for me but it cascaded into a really long post. Turns out we are cutting a lot of shit out of the budget this year. So here is part 5 of 5:

Page 58-64 Police
1. Eliminate the Municipal Court Enforcement Detail (MCED). This reduction will shift fine collections to external collection agencies and existing Municipal Court staff. The savings from this reduction are reflected in the Municipal Court.
(2.0 Sworn)

2. Eliminate two Municipal Security Guards in the Transit Bureau. These positions provide fixed post security at the light rail operations and maintenance center. The savings from this reduction are reflected in Public Transit.
(2.0 Civilian)

3. Eliminate a portion of the Walking Beat at the Phoenix Convention Center. The savings from this reduction are reflected in the Convention Center.
(2.0 Sworn)

4. Eliminate four Police Commander positions and one Police Sergeant. This reduction will increase the span of control for several police functions and require reorganization.
(1,278,000) (5.0 Sworn)

5. Reduce Sworn overtime. This reduction will reduce specialty training and eliminate funding for CALEA certification. The department will work to ensure that this reduction does not impact service delivery or response times.
(2,087,000)

6. Eliminate the Cadet/Explorer Program. This reduction will affect the department’s ability to recruit youth. Also reflected is the elimination of a Police Officer in the Reserve Division which will impact the department’s ability to adequately manage reserve officers.
(1,268,000) (3.0 Sworn) (13.0 Civilian)

7. Eliminate two Police Officer positions in the G.R.E.A.T. program. This reduction will affect the department’s ability to teach the gang resistance curriculum to at-risk youth.
(236,000) (2.0 Sworn)

8. Eliminate the Employee Assistance Unit (EAU) in the Administrative Services Bureau. This reduction will require staff to rely on the Police Employment Services Bureau and the City’s contracted Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
(621,000) (3.0 Sworn) (1.0 Civilian)

9. Eliminate four civilian support positions in the Traffic, Fiscal Management, and Employment Services Bureaus. This reduction will require the remaining staff in these areas to assume additional work and could result in backlogs.
(389,000) (4.0 Civilian)

10. Eliminate the Community Programs Unit in the Planning and Community Relations Bureau. This reduction will adversely affect the department’s ability to coordinate community outreach programs.
(1,118,000) (9.0 Sworn)

11. Eliminate six positions in the Public Affairs Bureau. This reduction will affect the department’s ability to actively respond to media requests and other public records requests.
(781,000) (4.0 Sworn) (2.0 Civilian)

12. Eliminate one Lieutenant, one Sergeant and four Police Officers in the Training Bureau. This reduction is a result of the anticipated reductions and continued hiring freeze for sworn personnel.
(847,000) (6.0 Sworn)

13. Eliminate the sworn component of the Property Purge Team and two additional Police Officer positions in the Property Management Bureau. This reduction will shift duties to remaining staff and increase the response time for the release of property.
(847,000) (6.0 Sworn)

14. Eliminate one of two Inspection Squads in the Professional Standards Bureau. This will negatively affect the department’s ability to perform internal audits.
(408,000) (3.0 Sworn)
15. Eliminate four Police Assistants in the Traffic Bureau. This reduction will affect the department’s ability to coordinate its abandoned vehicle efforts.
(316,000) (4.0 Civilian)

16. Eliminate one Police Officer and two civilian support positions in the Administrative Services Bureau. This reduction will shift duties to remaining staff and require reorganization.
(293,000) (1.0 Sworn) (2.0 Civilian)

17. Eliminate one Sergeant and two Police Officers in the Homeland Defense Bureau. This reduction will affect the department’s ability to provide security at various downtown municipal buildings.
(408,000) (3.0 Sworn)

18. Eliminate the Mounted Unit in the Homeland Defense Bureau. This reduction will affect the department’s crowd control efforts.
(700,000) (5.0 Sworn)

19. Eliminate the Bias Crimes/Graffiti Squad in the Planning and Community Relations Bureau. This will affect the department’s efforts to investigate bias and graffiti crimes.
(710,000) (5.0 Sworn) (1.0 Civilian)

20. Eliminate a Criminal Intelligence Analyst in the Crime Analysis and Research Unit (CARU). This will affect the department’s ability to analyze crime trends and patterns.
(109,000) (1.0 Civilian)

21. Eliminate the Call Back Unit in the Communications Bureau. This will affect the department’s ability to manage lower priority calls for service and shift duties to patrol officers. Response times for non- priority calls will be impacted.
(510,000) (1.0 Sworn) (9.0 Civilian)

22. Eliminate a Community Action Officer from each precinct. This will affect the department’s ability to deliver effective community-based policing and limit the department’s interaction with community groups.
(710,000) (6.0 Sworn)

23. Eliminate one Lieutenant, one Sergeant and one Police Officer from the Professional Standards Bureau. This reduction will reduce the department’s ability to perform internal investigations and respond to use of force allegations.
(493,000) (3.0 Sworn)

24. Eliminate six Lieutenants, 12 Sergeants, and 131 Police Officers from Patrol. This reduction will affect the department’s crime suppression efforts citywide and negatively affect response times.
(20,615,000) (149.0 Sworn)

25. Eliminate the Career Criminal Squad within the Major Offender Bureau. This reduction will affect the department’s crime suppression efforts related to organized crime groups and street gangs.
(645,000) (5.0 Sworn)

26. Eliminate the Liquor Enforcement Task Force in the Drug Enforcement Bureau. This reduction will affect the department’s ability to process and investigate liquor license applications and permits.
(964,000) (7.0 Sworn) (1.0 Civilian)

27. Eliminate 13 Police Officers responsible for Crime Free Multi- Housing, Crime Abatement, and Crime Analysis functions. This reduction will weaken the department’s community based policing efforts.
(1,538,000) (13.0 Sworn)

28. Eliminate the Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) and Street Crimes Unit in the Major Offender Bureau. This reduction will result in the department making fewer felony arrests negatively affecting crime suppression.
(1,998,000) (16.0 Sworn)

29. Eliminate one Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET) from each precinct (6 of 18). This reduction will affect the department’s community-based policing efforts.
(6,706,000) (54.0 Sworn)

30. Eliminate one of three Auto Theft Squads in the Property Crimes Bureau. This reduction will result in fewer auto theft investigations.
(645,000) (5.0 Sworn)

31. Eliminate sworn and civilian support staff in the Property Crimes Bureau. This reduction will result in fewer theft investigations and shift duties to remaining staff.
(1,106,000) (8.0 Sworn) (2.0 Civilian)

32. Eliminate 14 Police Communications Operators in the Communications Bureau. This reduction will not impact response times but will impact the department’s ability to maintain adequate staffing in the Communications Bureau.
(915,000) (14.0 Civilian)

33. Eliminate two Night Detective Sergeants in the Violent Crimes Bureau. This will reduce the department’s ability to investigate homicides, robberies, and assaults.
(343,000) (2.0 Sworn)

34. Eliminate four Lieutenants and nine Sergeant positions throughout the department. This reduction will increase the span of control for various police functions and require reorganization.
(2,354,000) (13.0 Sworn)

35. Eliminate one Lieutenant, one Sergeant, and ten Police Officer positions in the Drug Enforcement Bureau. This reduction will negatively affect the department’s drug investigation efforts.
(1,557,000) (12.0 Sworn)

Total $(53,515,000) (353.0 Sworn) (56.0 Civilian)

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