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Palo Alto looks to restore positions in police and fire departments

Original post made on May 19, 2022

After two years of attrition, the Palo Alto City Council is preparing to boost spending in the city's police and fire departments and restore positions that were cut over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 19, 2022 at 11:19 am

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"Even with all the things going on in our society, we have actually done a really good job in keeping crime really at a very reasonable level, and have actually had reductions in all our property-related offenses in 2021" said Chief Robert Jonsen.
I would think this reduction as well as a decrease in fire responses (not reported so I'm not sure if this is accurate, but I wouldn't be surprised if it were) is attributable to the increase in people working from home for the last two years and has nothing to do with police and fire staffing numbers. And while I support the police, fire and emergency response teams being fully funded, if the numbers have decreased and work from home status doesn't appear to be changing soon, why not wait until that situation reverses and the need justifies the expense and consider that we already have the staff to handle the needed responses. No additional funding necessary.
There are many other things money can be spent on including significant unfunded pension deficits that need to be addressed. Why not start working to reduce those and putting a lid on benefit spending by increasing employee contributions to health plans, retirement plans, etc. and decreasing taxpayer costs for same.

Posted by mjh
a resident of College Terrace
on May 20, 2022 at 11:58 am

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In my opinion public safety, even though expensive, is one of the top responsibilities of a city government

Given each fire station requires a minimum number of staff to function, and every minute counts once a house fire starts, are you proposing to close fire stations that that serve neighborhoods further away from fully occupied offices because they don’t deserve the same level of coverage?

When my house was being broken into I was thankful the police responded within a few minutes and caught the person on my property.

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