(STREAM) – The Portland, Oregon, city council passed a budget Wednesday increasing spending on law enforcement after slashing police funds last year.
The city council voted unanimously to adopt the “Fall Supplemental Budget” for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Wednesday. The budget increases funding for the police department by more than $5.2 million as part of a $7 million investment in public safety.
“We are allocating $7 million dollars to improve and expand a public safety system that works towards both prevention and intervention,” Wheeler said in prepared remarks at the budget vote. “These funds will better equip first responders with the tools, training, resources, and personnel needed to be effective in their roles.”
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