We have two more tables from the recent on-line survey. We asked Oaklanders “if there were more money (i.e., a ballot measure generated more tax revenue) where would you want to spend the money?” The clear majorities were these: 70.5% said police services. 50.5% said major incentives for retail. In specific response to that question, no other option received 50%.
We also asked about using tax revenues to increase civilianization of the police force. The concept here is that the city maximizes the work done by non-sworn personnel, who are much less expensive than POST trained, sworn officers, and maximize the availability of sworn officers to fight crime. The primary example we discussed at the January 11 meeting was civilianizing the intake of citizen police complaints, something the City Council approved in principal last summer, but for which nobody has identified any funds. Also discussed at the meeting was the use of civilian police department technicians to take reports regarding property crimes. While only 46.9 per cent of the on-line respondents favored this change as a way to spend additional tax revenue, 54.3% were in favor whether there was more tax revenue or not.
The tables are below — as before, click them to get larger, more legible images. We’ll report on some of the comments later in the week.