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Salt Lake City votes to fund 50 new officers

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Salt Lake City neighborhoods should get new police officers sooner than expected.


A first group of new officers should be out patrolling in June

The Salt Lake City council approved a plan Tuesday night to double the number of new officers that had been requested.  The chief wanted 27, and the council said they’ll fund 50.


It will mean a nearly 5 million dollar adjustment to the budget and then 4-point-5 million in ongoing revenue starting next year, and that will mean a tax increase for residents.


Residents say Operation Rio Grande has increased the homeless presence and crime in surrounding neighborhoods.