Prioritizing Public Safety
Named Shelley Zimmerman as San Diego Police Chief
- First female police chief in San Diego Police Department history
- Decisive action kept stable leadership in SDPD following Chief Lansdowne's resignation
- Zimmerman is committed to reforming SDPD and ensuring integrity among its officers
In line with his campaign pledge to create strong and safe neighborhoods, Mayor Faulconer named 31-year veteran Shelley Zimmerman as the first female chief in SDPD history. The nomination stands as an important piece in his commitment to a fresh approach amid a police department facing several problems, including recruiting, retention and equipment issues.
Rebuilding the San Diego Police Department
- Budget proposes solutions for SDPD recruitment and retention crisis
- Four police academies, increased in size from 34 to 43 each
- $3.2 million police officer retention program
With approximately half of the SDPD set to retire in the next four years, Mayor Faulconer's budget provides critical police department funds. Understanding that it is extremely important to keep experienced officers in a competitive market, Mayor Faulconer's budget helps to retain veteran officers and recruit the best and brightest in San Diego.
Mayor Faulconer's budget addresses the need to provide support staff and adds civilian staff for communications and crime lab support. Civilian crime lab staff helps officers quickly identify suspects, and civilian communications staff improves police department response time. In addition to these positions, Police Investigative Service Officers (PISOs) work with sworn officers to address lower-priority and quality-of-life crimes, such as illegal parking complaints and graffiti. This allows officers to take care of higher-priority calls and crimes.
Funding Body Cameras for Police Officers
- Bringing innovative solutions for transparency and accountability in SDPD
Helping tackle issues related to safe neighborhoods and transparency, Mayor Faulconer allocated $2 million in the City's budget for body cameras that monitor officers' interactions with the public. The cameras will help protect the police from erroneous complaints and protect the public by holding officers accountable for their actions.
Adding More Firefighter Emergency Equipment and Fire Stations
- Taking action to build much needed fire stations, starting in Southeastern San Diego
- Two additional firefighter academies and $700,000 for firefighter protective gear and emergency equipment
- Moving forward with innovative "Fast Response Squad"
Mayor Faulconer's budget plan puts into action his belief that no matter where you live in San Diego, you deserve to feel safe. His budget proposal prioritizes resources for emergency first responders in Southeastern San Diego where response times have historically been among the slowest. He set aside $1 million to build a temporary fire station in Skyline while a permanent facility is being planned and proposed a "Fast Response Squad" pilot program in Encanto to provide additional emergency response support to the community.
Improved Emergency Medical Service Response Times
- Faster response times to South Bay residents by over 1 minute
- More transparent and clear-cut contract between the City and Rural/Metro ambulance service provider
- Ensuring that every neighborhood in San Diego gets the same quality of service
On April 28, the City Council approved Mayor Faulconer's proposal which calls for a one-year extension of the City's ambulance contract with several improvements. First, the City eliminated a provision that prevented it from imposing financial penalties for excessive response times whenever 13 or more simultaneous medical emergency calls occur. Second, an ambulance unit was added to serve South Bay neighborhoods that have consistently had some of the worst ambulance response times in the city.
Backing Proven Solutions for Homelessness
- Reallocated and increased funding for homeless services
- Renewed focus on programs that provide services to end homelessness
Mayor Faulconer budgeted funds to help deliver comprehensive homeless services that provide wrap-around services people need to find permanent housing. His One San Diego budget reflects a renewed focus on permanent solutions to ending homelessness. In all, he reallocated over $2 million toward a combination of programs and shelters that connect the homeless with housing opportunities and rehabilitative services including funds for the adult winter shelter, a homeless management information system, a homeless check-in center, the SDPD serial inebriate program, a SDPD Homeless Outreach Team, Connections Housing, and 25 emergency beds for the SDPD Homeless Outreach Team to offer to homeless individuals.