CHULA VISTA PUBLIC SAFETY STAFFING
Public safety, which includes police and fire services, is a top priority in the City of Chula Vista, San Diego County’s second largest city. Chula Vista features quality local schools, safe neighborhoods, a vibrant economy and beautiful surroundings in a proud community environment.
But, like many other cities in the country, Chula Vista is struggling to properly fund and maintain public safety staffing. The City allocates 67 percent of discretionary revenues to Police and Fire services combined. However, staffing levels for the Police and Fire Departments are below regional, state, and national average. This low level of staffing affects response times and service levels.
Following community presentations, a public opinion survey and input from a Public Safety Advisory Committee, the City Council approved placing a half-cent sales tax on the June 2018 ballot to fund public safety staffing and services. For the Chula Vista Police Department, this would allow 43 police department positions to be filled: 29 officers, agents and sergeants and 14 civilian positions such as dispatchers, community service officers and background investigators. For the Chula Vista Fire Department, it would bring 36 fire department positions including a deputy chief, fire captains, firefighter/paramedics, firefighters and a public education specialist.
In February, the Chula Vista City Council adopted the Intended Public Safety Expenditure Plan, which outlines the intended use of the potential funding. The public is encouraged to read more about the Plan and this sales tax measure at www.chulavistaca.gov/publicsafety on the City’s website.