Police Staffing - July 2008
Police Staffing Audit
Released July 2008
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This audit focused on how officers are allocated and the department’s basis for its current and future officer allocations. We found that the city is progressing towards its goal of 2,000 police officers but faces constraints on increasing the number of officers on the streets.
Part of the difficulty with filling vacancies has been increased employee turnover.
Our recommendations urge the department
- to clarify the number and allocation of officers
- make the information more transparent by budgeting separately for sworn officers, recruits and civilian assistants; linking budgeted cost centers to actual activities;
- and improving the use of its workload analysis and personnel data to allocate officers and track their assignments.
- focus its retention efforts on personnel with 5 years or less experience.