- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas police expect to spend $32 million in overtime this fiscal year to fight violent crime, adjust for attrition and pay for extra hours after five officers were slain.

The Dallas Morning News (https://bit.ly/2b5uNKD ) reports the city had earmarked $15 million for overtime in the budget period through September. Assistant Chief Santos Cadena on Monday explained the updated costs to a Dallas City Council committee.

The projected figure includes more than $705,000 in overtime after a gunman on July 7 fatally shot four Dallas officers and a Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer. The suspect was killed by police using a robot to deliver an explosive. Overtime costs include $200,000 for security when Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump visited the city in June.

Cadena said the department lost 219 officers between October 2015 and the end of July, requiring officers to work more to fill the holes.

Council member Philip Kingston said he was concerned that the committee wasn’t alerted earlier in the year about excess overtime spending.

A draft city budget released Friday proposes hiring 549 officers, including 200 new positions, and 50 civilians. The Dallas Police Department currently has 3,380 officers.

The budget would give 5 percent raises to eligible officers, which is about two-thirds of the police department.


Information from: The Dallas Morning News, https://www.dallasnews.com

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