Staff Reports
Posted: 07/12/2012 08:06:12 AM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — San Bernardino Police Chief Robert Handy told city police and fire personnel on Thursday morning that he didn’t think the city’s current police force was adequately staffed – and that he didn’t expect to change anytime soon.

San Bernardino police and fire chiefs held a press conference to address concerns about the impact of the city’s bankruptcy filing on city services.

“I don’t believe we’re adequately staffed now,” in sworn or unsworn positions,
Handy said, noting that he doesn’t expect those levels to change in the foreseeable future.

Handy said the city’s police force is designed for 500 employees — “almost identical staffing levels (to early 2000s),” when crime levels in the city were worse.

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