Erie police hiring plan guided by research, addresses violence πŸ’₯πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ’₯

When Erie Police Chief Dan Spizarny requested $14.5 million in American Rescue Plan funding to bolster the Erie Bureau of Police, I zeroed in on the finances during Erie City Council’s Nov. 18 study session: How will we pay for 21 new officers when federal ARP funding expires in 2026?

By the time City Council voted unanimously for Spizarny’s proposal on Dec. 1, I realized our decision involved more than dollars and cents; we held life-or-death matters in our hands.

Although we approved the funding in 2021, we still had to put the plan into action. Late at night on June 15, after more than two hours of public comment, council voted 5-2 to hire the nine of 21 proposed new police officers, including two Black males and two females. Chuck Nelson and Jasmine Flores voted no.

Erie police hiring plan guided by research, addresses violence

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