If Prop 457 is NOT defeated, the City of Glendale will have to implement the following cuts to public safety (think Police & Fire):
- Reduction for Police – 66 Full Time Employees (FTEs)
- Reduction for Fire – 36 FTE’s
POLICE Key service reductions include:
The elimination or reduction of administrative and staff functions performed by civilian members of the department will result in those required services to be performed by police officers.
-The Police Department’s identified reductions will have a direct and significant impact on service delivery.
-This represents additional cost and a loss of efficiency and technical expertise.
-Police officers will be drawn from crime prevention, proactive investigation and enforcement activities to assume their new duties in detention and records resulting in an approximate 1/3 reduction in the search warrants and arrests made by those squads.
-Squad supervisors in patrol and investigations will assume additional responsibilities for conducting administrative duties and internal investigations currently performed by civilian staff or sworn members dedicated to the function.
Crime Prevention and outreach programs embraced by the community will be eliminated including DARE/GREAT, which currently reaches 4,000 students during the school year.
-The 35 teens who participate in the Police Explorer Program will be displaced, and support for dozens of police department volunteers will be significantly reduced.
-Neighborhood Watch, Crime Free Multi-Housing, and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) Programs will be severely reduced or eliminated impacting thousands of Glendale Citizens who participate in the programs resulting in an increase in crime.
-Assistance to crime victims will be reduced to only that which is required by law and programs funded through grants.
FIRE Key service reductions include:
The Fire Department will reduce 36 positions; 13 sworn positions of which, four are vacant, two are retiring and won’t be filled, and seven filled sworn positions. Additionally, 26 filled civilian positions will be eliminated.
Service Impacts:-The elimination of administrative and staff functions performed by civilian members will result in those required services to be performed by firefighters and chief officers. This represents an additional cost and effectively reduces available staffing for fire apparatus.
-Combined with the reduction in overtime, the Fire Department will be browning out anywhere from two to four engines per day. This results in an approximate one-third reduction of current response force capability.
-The net result increases response capability beyond our current six-minute response time and will create a reliance on automatic aide cities. It can be anticipated that these cities will create response protocol to protect their
communities first so that Glendale’s reductions don’t adversely impact their own community. While automatic aide is an enhancement of service, it was never intended to be in lieu of.
The Crisis Response Program will be eliminated.
-This will result in the loss of up to three hours per day that police and fire units are placed back into service by Crisis Response taking over on-scene services.
- These services include victim assistance after fires to help clothe, relocate, and provide basic supplies to burned-out families.
- Additionally, they provide grief support and liaison services to families who have suffered a sudden or tragic loss.
- They provide death notification services, as well as remain on the scene with the deceased until coroner or funeral homes collect the remains.
The Fire Prevention services to both businesses and special events will be significantly delayed resulting in negative impacts to the business community as well as the entertainment district.
All community education and relation activities will be eliminated, the net result is that preventative safety education, public outreach and school programs will be ceased.