Keeping our Neighborhoods Safe
One of the most important functions of City government is keeping citizens safe. As a Councilmember, Kevin has made public safety a top priority and remains committed to keeping San Diegan neighborhoods safe. Kevin has worked closely with the San Diego Police Department and the Fire-Rescue Department on many important issues to improve public safety.
Police Recruitment and Retention
One of the most pressing issues impacting the San Diego Police Department currently is recruitment and retention. Kevin and several of his council colleagues have called for immediate action to demonstrate to police officers and the public that the City is committed to an effective and competitive police department that meets job market demands and has the resources to protect San Diego neighborhoods. This call to action has led to the development of a plan to rebuild San Diego's shrinking police department after years of attrition. This plan will allocate $2 million towards increasing uniform and equipment allowances for sworn officers - thereby reducing officers' out of pocket expenses - as well as fund vital recruitment activities such as career fairs, community events and recruitment promotional publications.
Identifying Efficiencies to Improve Response Times
As Chair of the Audit Committee, Kevin oversaw a performance audit of the City's Fire-Rescue Department. The Audit uncovered inefficiencies that led to slower response times. By implementing the audit's recommendation, the department was able to improve emergency response times by up to 45 seconds. Prior to the performance audit, emergency calls were first received by San Diego Police Department and then dispatched to medical personnel. Medical personnel would then notify the Fire-Rescue Department if deemed necessary. Fire-Rescue personnel was not immediately contacted, which led to slow response times since frequently the Fire-Rescue Department was required for the emergency. Now, both medical and fire-rescue personnel are contacted simultaneously, significantly improving emergency response times.
Strengthening the Northern Division Bike Team
Kevin with the Northern Division Bike Team, Mike McQuary, President of the Mission Bay Rotary Club, and Joe Wilding, President of the Pacific Beach Town Council
The City relies heavily on the San Diego Police Department's Northern Division bike program to patrol the areas of the Pacific Beach, La Jolla, and Mission Bay during the summer months when millions of tourists, visitors and local residents frequent the beach. The bike team adds additional officers in the summer and works tirelessly to maintain public safety.
In 2011, members of the Pacific Beach Town Council noticed that the bike team needed new equipment. The Pacific Beach Town Council, in partnership with the local neighborhood watch and Mission Bay Rotary, approached Kevin about raising funds to replace outdated equipment. Kevin answered the call and pledged to match community donations with funds from his office savings for the equipment upgrades that included police-grade lighting, sirens and other bicycle gear. The successful campaign resulted in over $6,900 used to purchase the equipment from a local business.