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Mayor Gloria Issues Statement on Mid-Year Budget Monitoring Report & Police Budget

February 22, 2021


SAN DIEGO After two hours of public comment largely speaking to a need to reevaluate the San Diego Police Department budget during todays hearing on the Citys Mid-Year Budget, Mayor Todd Gloria issued the following statement:

I want to thank the dozens of San Diegans who called in to todays City Council meeting on the Mid-Year Budget. To each of them, I want to say: I hear you. It is clear that we must approach public safety in a way that improves the relationships between our communities and the police department.

It is a priority of my administration to ensure strict accountability of our police department through the implementation of a new Independent Police Review Commission as well as continually updating the departments policies to align with our values -- fairness, transparency, impartiality, and respect for people.

As we work to protect core city services during this challenging budget year, Chief Nisleit and I have committed to foster a policing culture - and a budget - that focuses on building trusting relationships and clear expectations for those who serve our communities.