Crunching the Numbers
The early part of the year can be some of those most difficult weeks for any police chief. It’s the time when the fiscal budget is prepared and submitted to the City. What has happened to the economy over these past two years means that there are some tough decisions to be made. While there is currently no talk of eliminating commissioned officers, we do have to look at every other available avenue to cut costs and cuts can certainly have a negative impact. My commitment is to do everything I can to maintain the highest possible level of police service for the City of St. Louis. Mayor Slay has expressed his commitment to the same thing. There will be some difficult choices to be made, but I want St. Louisans to know that we will do everything in our power to make the very best decisions possible.