Mayor Mike McGinn continued to reveal slices of his 2013-2014 budget proposal today, marching across the city to the honking of trumpets and the studious avoidance of the general public, just like a brass warmup band.
In today's big reveal, McGinn's budget includes funds to hire 10 new police officers—fresh from the factory! There's also money earmarked to upgrade SPD's dash-cam video equipment and buy a fancy-assed gunshot locator system similar to the system that council member and public safety chair Bruce Harrell has been gunning for (puns!).
"I am glad to see the Mayor has included funding for more police officers and a gunshot locator system," Harrell said after reviewing the public safety budget.
“Public safety is a top priority for the community and it’s a top priority for me," said McGinn, content to state the obvious. "Almost no one deserves to be shot in the face," he might as well have added.
Here's the breakdown for public safety:
· $1 million (annually) to hire 10 new police officers, bringing SPD's count to 1,310. · $950,000 for 52 mobile gunshot locator units, which can pinpoint detect when gunshots have been fired "within 4/10ths of a second, pinpoint the location to within a 50-foot radius and determine the caliber of weapon that was fired with a 90 percent accuracy rate" according to a mayoral press release. The maximum range of this equipment varies but McGinn's budget calls for units with a minimum 600-foot radius range and streaming video capabilities. · $5 million annually to implement settlement agreements with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and implement the mayor's 20/20/24/7/365 police reform plan. Whatever the fuck it's called.
But more importantly, with these daily reveals, what's McGinn going to have left to talk about come September 24, when he's slated to give his big budget talk before the council? At that point, we might just be watching him strip to circus music. Stay tuned!