04/07/2008

SFPD lags behind in hiring civilians

By Marisa Lagos
The San Francisco Chronicle
Related P1 News Report: Civilians increasingly handling police duties 

SAN FRANCISCO — Four years after San Francisco voters passed a ballot measure directing the Police Department to add more civilians to save money and put more sworn officers on the streets, the department has tripled its civilian workforce but lags behind other cities.

City leaders are scrutinizing the hiring of civilians with San Francisco heading into a new fiscal year in July with an estimated $338 million budget shortfall and with the Police Department on track to spend $25 million in overtime pay this year, $6 million more than budgeted.

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