SDPD understaffed, has requested more funding: City auditor points to 3 recommendations
Auditor says department can be more efficient
Last Updated: 76 days ago
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Police Department is understaffed and has requested additional funding from the city for additional officers. But in an audit obtained by 10News, City Auditor Eduardo Luna pointed to three recommendations the department should take first before making the request.
"We are short 135 sworn officers and have been trying to do the best we can with what we have," said Executive Assistant Chief of Police David Ramirez.
He says the 35-page audit points to what the department is doing well. There is a 6 percent reduction in violent crime compared to 2012, and officers are meeting response times.
But the city wants the department to justify why they deserve more money. Luna pointed to these suggestions:
Recommendation 1: The San Diego Police Department should analyze dispatch data to identify potential improvements to operations. It should use the results of these analyses to refine its staffing model and to evaluate patrol response to various types of incidents.
Recommendation 2: The SDPD should establish a comprehensive performance measurement system. Goals should include output targets such as a timeliness of service of clearance rates for specific types of incidents and crimes, respectively.
Recommendation 3: The SDPD should survey residents regularly to solicit input on community priorities, and it should engage stakeholders by reporting on performance standards.
Ramirez says the department's current computer-aided dispatch system is 25 years old. The city is in the process of buying a new system that he says will help meet the auditor's efficiency suggestions. Ramirez added that the department is also open and fully supportive of more community involvement.
Luna said the suggestions will help the department build a more persuasive case in requesting more funding by informing the public and city leaders what the department is truly up against in an economic time when everyone is doing more with less.
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