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By Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/27/13, 6:03 PM PDT |

UPLAND>> The police chief this week gave city officials a sense of what the city’s public safety future could look like, should budget cuts continue.

Police Chief Jeff Mendenhall addressed the Upland Police and Fire Committee Monday, outlining current staffing levels, call volume, overtime as well as the departments’ needs.

Mendenhall reviewed the Police Department’s continually declining staffing levels and budget’s impact on the community’s safety.

“This isn’t about more money for cops,” he said. “This is about policing a city properly and keeping a very nice city in a very nice place in the same level we want and expect and we’re not doing that right now. I want to try and stop that. If we can’t, then we’re going to go down a road no one else wants to go down.”

The department’s budget has decreased by $2 million in four years.

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