ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — The City of Roseville is pumping $1 million taxpayer dollars into its police department, but instead of hiring more officers, the money is going for higher salaries and benefits.

Over the last year, there have been concerns about the Roseville Police Department having limited resources and fewer officers on the streets due to tough financial times.

After years of economic uncertainty, projects like the new town square and water park are highlighting the city’s recovery.

But one place that hasn’t bounced back yet is the police department.

Officers in specialty units like the ones involved in the shootout with wanted parolee Sammy Duran last fall had to be pulled off the streets to handle daily calls for service.

The Roseville City Council began debating a new spending plan which allocated more than $1 million extra for police, but 12 fewer positions. The extra money would go toward higher salary and benefits.

But the city says the numbers don’t tell the whole story, and that it is actually hiring new officers because several current police positions are unfilled. They are hoping to have their specialty units back in service by August.

Tuesday’s budget hearing was just a preliminary workshop. The council is expected to take a final vote on June 18.


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