City of Somerville FY21 Budget

Mission Statement

The Somerville Police Department, as part of, and empowered by, the community, is committed to protect the lives, property, and rights of all people, to maintain order, and to enforce the law impartially. Members of the Department actively pursue the cooperation of every resident in an effort to create a police/ community partnership that is sensitive to the multitude of cultures that make up the human fabric of our community. To fulfill our mission, we will utilize innovative and proven crime prevention strategies and problem-solving partnerships with our community.

FY21 Budget Process Adjustments

During the budget process, the City Council voted to reduce the Police Department Personal services budget by $650,000 and the Ordinary Maintenance budget by $92,000.

Personal Services cuts were allocated as follows:

  • Reduction to Salaries of $266,634, resulting in decreased funding for the six vacant Patrol Officer positions from 11.25 months to 1 month.
  • Reductions to the Holiday ($22,865) and Shift Differential ($45,956) lines as a result of the position reductions.
  • Reductions to the Salaries & Wages Temporary ($30,000), Overtime ($227,843), and Court Time ($56,702) lines.

Ordinary Maintenance cuts were made to a number of lines in order to total $92,000 in reductions.

All changes listed above are reflected in the budget table below.

(Proposed) Changes from FY20

Personal Services are proposed at a 2.1% reduction for FY21, or $340,000. This is due to the following adjustments:

  • Reduction in force: The FY21 proposed budget reduces the number of Patrol Officers from 96 to 94. This results in reductions to salary-related lines.
  • Reduction in Overtime: A 14% reduction to the Overtime budget is proposed, equal to $185,803.
  • Reduction in Court Time: A 39% reduction to the Court Time budget is proposed, equal to $101,675.
  • These reductions are offset by a 3% contractual increase to the Crossing Guards line.

Ordinary Maintenance lines are proposed at a 13.7% reduction for FY21, or $93,200. This is due to the following adjustments:

  • A 36% reduction in the Medical & Dental Services line, equal to $45,000.
  • A 22% reduction in the Public Safety Supplies line, equal to $48,000. This is the result of the removal of funding for FY20's one-year increase to purchase additional protective vests.

Special Items are proposed at a 70.4% reduction for FY21 due to the removal of the FY20-proposed cadet program from the FY21 budget.

In sum, these reductions in PS, OM, and SI result in a 3.3% reduction in funding for the Police budget in FY21 coupled with a reduction in budgeted Patrol Officers by 2.

FY21 Budget Proposal

Organizational Chart

FY21 Positions Listing