Any other staffing additions proposed?

Yes, during the staffing model research, we identified the need for one or two limited commission positions located within the police department to help address calls for service that require an individual trained in public safety but do not require a full commissioned officer. The position would have outreach functions with persons dealing with various types of crises. They would have enhanced knowledge of community resources to be an effective primary responder for welfare checks and calls about homeless complaints or panhandling.  Additionally, the position will be trained to provide crime prevention education to businesses, apartment complex managers, and homeowners to help tackle our property crime challenges. The position also would be able to handle routine reports, freeing up commissioned officers for higher-level tasks.

Limited commission officers provide a visible presence and perform important duties, but they are substantially less expensive than commissioned staff.

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1. Why is the City discussing a ballot measure to increase funding for Public Safety?
2. How much do I currently pay for police services in University Place?
3. I pay thousands of dollars every year in property tax. Why does so little go to the City for public safety expenses?
4. Why isn’t the amount I pay in property taxes to the City enough?
5. Why can’t the City just fund Public Safety and then cover the other City functions with whatever is left?
6. Would a property tax increase tax apartment complexes equally?
7. Why can’t apartment complexes pay more for police services because they use more of the service?
8. How does our community’s police staffing compare to similarly sized cities?
9. Has the U.P. business community seen an increase in crime?
10. How many additional officers would be added under the plan that the City Council is considering?
11. Any other staffing additions proposed?
12. How much would this additional staffing cost?
13. How has staffing challenges affected public safety services in U.P.?
14. How would these additions improve public safety?