How would these additions improve public safety?

There are three areas of improvement that the various staffing models address. The first involves police availability and visibility. With only two patrol officers on at a time, the amount of time where both officers are tied up is becoming more frequent. This means more and more calls are pending longer. An increased amount of police visibility also will enhance community safety.

The second involves our capacity to address growing crime problems in our community. Adding to our investigations staff will help address the property crime challenges and hold more criminals accountable for these “lower-level crimes,” so they learn not to commit them in U.P.

Lastly, as noted above, addition one or two non-commissioned into the Police Department would help focus our patrol officers’ time on more pressing issues, while providing critical functions at a much lower cost than a commissioned officer.

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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?