It’s been a busy year so far for the Police Commission. Decisions have been made on studying the use of Tasers and a plan has been put into motion to avoid fatal standoffs with the mentally ill. All the while, commissioners are looking for a new police chief and holding disciplinary hearings.
But with all the hubbub, the commission has been unable to take on one of its most important duties, the Police Department’s budget.
The civilian panel will meet Wednesday to hear more about the department’s proposed budget, which in a worst-case scenario could see layoffs of 185 police officers. The problem is, that budget was already submitted to the Mayor’s Office before the Feb. 22 deadline and the commission won’t have much say in the matter.