HomeCrimeCity commission votes to look at options for reducing the use of sworn officers and reallocating part of GPD’s budget
City commission votes to look at options for reducing the use of sworn officers and reallocating part of GPD’s budget
July 13, 2020
BY JENNIFER CABRERA
At the end of a 7.5-hour meeting that included about 3 hours of presentations from the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) and about 3 hours of public comment, the Gainesville City Commission voted to do the following:
Have staff come back with options for a deflection/diversion program, civil citations, and city prosecution for city violations. This is to include information on what a city violation is, which crimes should result in civil citations, and deflection/diversion programs.
Have the City Manager come back with a budget item to repurpose open sworn officer positions for the 2021 budget.
Have the City Manager come back with a budget item to have increased GPD mental health team coverage for the 2021 budget.
Have the City Manager bring back other budget areas in GPD that would be eligible for reallocation to a different part of the City’s budget or within GPD for the 2021 budget.
Have staff bring back information on the breakdown of calls to law enforcement and who responds to them.
Have a discussion within the next 60 days about how the City can respond to 911 calls with non-armed individuals.
Have the Mayor and City Manager work on crafting a Memorandum of Understanding with community partners to fund a central receiving facility for mental health calls.