SAN DIEGO — Mayor Todd Gloria said his "Ready to Rebuild" budget includes key investments to public safety.
During a news conference at Belmont Park Thursday afternoon, the mayor proposed spending $584 million of the city's budget on San Diego Police. He said that's a $13 million increase compared to last year.
He said it includes investments in hiring and retaining officers, crime prevention and more money for overtime.
Mayor Gloria wants to fill 200 open positions on the police department.
"[Residents] want their local government to keep them safe, fill the potholes, and they want us to address homelessness. These are the main priorities in our budget," said Mayor Gloria.
SDPD has said they have increased patrols in the Mission Beach area, but they have also said they're dealing with a staffing shortage.
The SDPOA released the following statement on Twitter:
The budget for fiscal year 2023 begins July 1.
The city council is scheduled to vote on the mayor's budget June 13.
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