The department is down to 333 patrol officers. Per the brass, a minimum of 375 officers are needed to fulfill patrol duties. By October, another 30 officers are scheduled to retire or resign. To help replenish patrol numbers, the department is going to transfer 75 officers from speciality and services units to the street. This includes school police, traffic, and the gang unit.
Earlier in the month, my old home South Precinct was being considered as a homeless shelter. Now, the city is going rent the building to the Sheriff's Office as their temporary headquarters.
At Roll Call, the Commander told us, "We have to eat this elephant, one bite at a time."