Council members worried about exodus of police officers

Council members worried about exodus of police officers

[trib_ndn vid=24892926]SAN DIEGO — Four members of the City Council called Tuesday for a quick hearing on a $2 million budget item meant to recruit and retain San Diego police officers, a request that is likely to be granted.

Council members Kevin Faulconer, Mark Kersey, Scott Sherman and Lorie Zapf held a news conference to urge the Budget Committee to hold a hearing next month on plans for the expenditure.

San Diego Police DepartmentWe need to move forward, and we need to move forward right away,” Faulconer said.

Todd Gloria, the council president and Budget Committee chairman, later agreed to the July meeting.

“I share my colleagues’ interest in developing a plan that actually addresses San Diego’s growing police retention challenges,” Gloria said.

The SDPD has been losing 10 officers a month to other agencies recently, according to the San Diego Police Officers Association. The police union says some of them are…

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