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Budget Surplus May Lead To New Officers, 9th Fire Station In Redding

With a fat budget surplus under their belts, the Redding City Council is looking to boost law enforcement. Proposals in the ongoing budget hearings call for an additional $9 Million for the RPD over the next 6 years. That could mean nine new police officers being hired onto the force, if they can be recruited. Four of them would be dedicated to the city parks, trails and open spaces and five would be used for an 8th patrol beat. That would give the department a total of 119 sworn officers, which they last had in 2008. The surplus could also be used to begin a body cam program for police officers, which had been prohibitively expensive according to previous administrators. Some of the budget surplus may also be used to create a ninth Redding fire station, likely to be located on Shasta View Drive.