San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee gave police and firefighters some good news Wednesday: They’ll get a much-needed and long-awaited boost in staffing levels.
It’s a big bonanza for the police and fire departments because they’re losing their Vietnam-era personnel. The baby boomers are retiring, so Lee is simply trying to stop the hemorrhaging. There’ll be more classes at the police academy in coming years. Lee’s new two-year budget includes six academy classes totaling 300 officer candidates. And, it gets even better.
“We will continue to hire three classes of 50 officers for the next six years,” he said. The department is about 200 officers short right now from the city charter mandated force of 1,971 officers. It expects to lose close to 300 more officers over the next three years because of the anticipated end to a program that offers retired officers several more year
Source: Vic Lee for ABC News 7 KGO-TV.