Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus announced plans yesterday to reorganize the Tucson Police Department (TPD) in an effort to trim costs and better serve the public. The reorganization includes moving more officers to street patrol, while letting vacancies and attrition bring the total number of sworn officers down to 830 (plus 40-80 recruits) from the current level of about 900.
In a memo to TPD employees, Magnus also said he plans to consolidate operations by merging Operations Division Downtown with Operations Division West, while making other organizational changes.
Under his plan, the chief said the total cost savings would be about $14.5 million, but he says TPD needs half of that savings for equipment, such as new uniforms, cell phones, new patrol vehicles, and other things.
The City is evaluating ways to eliminate a projected $25.6 million deficit in the next fiscal year.