|Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe|
Police Chief Darrell Lowe submitted his 2022 Public Safety "ask" to Council at a 3/15 Committee meeting, as follows:
- Mental Health Professional, *1 Full Time Employee (FTE,) $157,636 (includes services.)
- Police Personnel, 13 FTE, $2,143,603
- Police Support, 3FTE $369,047
- Body-Worn & In-Car Cameras, $934,910 for labor. The equipment and maintenance agreement is already purchased.
[The Chief's final, approved "ask" added 5 mental health professionals and funded the Camera program labor from the General Fund, not the taxpayers.]
TOTAL ANNUAL POLICE LEVY "ASK" IS $3,600,000/ YEAR (35% of the proposed total levy.) The Fire component is ~ 33% of the levy. Continuation of the 2007 Levy is ~ 30% of the levy.)
After questioning by Councilmember David Carson, Chief Lowe told Council the Body Worn Camera $934,910 expense is primarily for additional staff, all with ongoing yearly salaries.
- Deputy prosecutor
- Police Sergeant
- Records person
- IT / TIS person
The remnant is for licensing and storage.
Captain Brian Coats reported the U.S. Department of Justice gave the City a $170,000 matching grant for body worn cameras. It's use is equipment, software and storage.
If passed, the total annual "Public Safety Levy" is: $10,392,872/year or ~ $28.33/month or ~ $340/year on a $1 million house.
-- Bob Yoder, 3/15/2022
Source: RCTV / Facebook Live / CCOW-Safety, 3/15/2022