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Palo Alto moves to bolster police staffing as revenues recover

Original post made on Feb 8, 2022

After making cuts in the Police Department over the past two years in response to dwindling revenues, Palo Alto accelerated its push to hire more officers as part of a major adjustment to the city's budget.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 9:19 AM

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Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 8, 2022 at 12:26 pm

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I value the work of our emergency responders. Thanks for your service to our community, PAPD and PAFD. I am glad to hear that these departments will be getting the new team members they need. Other departments are also struggling with staffing deficits.

The funding reporting in this particle needs some clarification, I think. There was an unexpected windfall of $4.6 million above projected revenues after the $40 mill cuts that were made in response to Covid-related revenue fall. How is this $4.6 being spent? The numbers are pretty scattered in this article.


Posted by WhatAboutme
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 8, 2022 at 12:28 pm

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Yes.
"[Cheif] Jonsen assured the council that he has already made some moves to bolster staffing. Six applicants are now going through the hiring process and, with the council's authorization, more will follow, he said."

Please let this pass through city council.

..and fire-department.

The amount of criminals that drive to Palo Alto to commit crimes and assault people is not something any of us paying the high taxes to live here.

This is like a free-for-all to the anti-work ("Oh there are no jobs!"), let's steal from the 'rich'.

I believe we all want to help the less-fortune, yet the less-fortunate criminals have targeted cities that don't have enough police-force.

Please, and not to blame anyone, but lock your cars and homes and invest in video door-bells.





"the council voted to add 11 full-time positions across City Hall, including a new deputy director for the Police Department's Technical Services Division. In addition, the council authorized Police Chief Robert Jonsen to recruit five additional officers, with the understanding that the city will approve funding for these positions in the upcoming budget cycle."


Posted by WhatAboutme
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 8, 2022 at 12:33 pm

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Consider Your Options.
"The funding reporting in this particle needs some clarification, I think. There was an unexpected windfall of $4.6 million above projected revenues after the $40 mill cuts that were made in response to Covid-related revenue fall. How is this $4.6 being spent? The numbers are pretty scattered in this article."

I'm confused, as well. I'd wished that this journalist, Gennady Sheyner, would had offered more insight -- yet seeing their previous articles on PAONLINE they seem to just report the least facts, I'd wish for PA ONLINE.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 8, 2022 at 3:28 pm

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Please explain why PAPD had to wait for "revenue to recover" to RE-assign some existing staff to investigate at least some of the the crimes.

The criminals sure weren't waiting for an economic recovery and in fact escalated their activities. Where's the common sense?


Posted by WhatAboutme
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 8, 2022 at 4:27 pm

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Online Name
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Embarcadero Oaks/Leland

"Please explain why PAPD had to wait for "revenue to recover" to RE-assign some existing staff to investigate at least some of the the crimes.

The criminals sure weren't waiting for an economic recovery and in fact escalated their activities. Where's the common sense?"

This WAS NOT PAPD waiting to recover, this was the horrible 'blm' and activists, believing PAPD were just 'like every police dept" which it isn't I despite what Gennady Sheyner writes against PAPD in EVERY article.

Common sense, I'd assume would say "I assume people that are paid to protect me, will protect me"

Yet, we have lawsuits from persons that seem to (I am only going By Facts), sue PAPD for many things, if these frivolous lawsuits from "unhoused' and the frivolous lawsuits, this is what happens.

The people that pay taxes, and own houses seem to have to advocate and ask for city council to PLEASE and YES pay for police.

Ridiculous -- the lawsuits from people that are criminals have definitely damaged our PAPD , it is ridiculous.

Too many "I want to give to the most unfortunate --" are giving to the 'unfortunate' and so many 'unfortunate' have so many oppurtuanties.. pls let PAPD hire?


Posted by mjh
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 8, 2022 at 5:05 pm

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"The budget that the council approved last June authorizes 125.33 positions in the department, down from 155 before the pandemic."

I read somewhere that this number is still well below the number of police positions that existed before the 2000 dot com bust the plus additional cuts after the 2008 mortgage bust. And we now have an increased population as well as additional office buildings adding to the demand for public safety services.

As a fiscal conservative, I was surprised by Greg Tanaka's remarks appearing to disapprove of paying overtime to make up for personnel shortages in the police department. While the current situation is untenable and we most definitely need to bring the police department up to past numbers, if some employees are willing/desire to put in reasonable overtime hours to boost their annual income, surely that means fewer employees need to be hired? Each additional hire comes with considerable benefits and pension costs, as well as training costs. Costs already baked in for existing personnel working overtime.

Especially considering the city's responsibilities for future pension costs are underfunded by millions of dollars.


Posted by Carol Scott
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Feb 8, 2022 at 6:36 pm

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I am puzzled about the statement that the Council approved 11 City Hall positions and yet only 5 police people, not counting a technology officer. This follows the approval for the City Manager to hire yet another assistant to his staff recently.

I would prefer we put out money toward public safety officers and fire people out on the line serving the community. I see so many people ignore stop signs in my neighborhood —and why not since there is no traffic unit. I see all of these reports of porch robberies, bicycle thefts from backyards, catalytic converters stolen, car break-ins, and now a gun being shot in a residential area. This is not the Palo Alto we want to have.

Let’s get back to basics here and make the City work for people who live here.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 8, 2022 at 6:50 pm

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I too would rather have more police doing something about crime. I'm shocked that Mr. Shikada is getting ANOTHER assistant.

How many does he now have? What do they do? They don't respond to media queries.


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