The City estimates that, in total, these proposed Charter amendments would cost $7.2 million to establish and $6.1 million per year to operate. These estimates were developed by the City’s Finance Department and are broken down as follows:
Nonviolent Community Administrators Team: Estimated cost of hiring, supporting and equipping the mandated 35 members of NCAT: more than $5.6 million; 5-year average annual operating cost: $4.6 million
Civilian Police Oversight Board: Board would hire its own staff. The estimated cost just to hire and equip the Board’s nine paid members (not counting additional staff they may hire): nearly $400,000; 5-year average annual operating cost: $419,000.
DEI Office: Estimated cost of hiring and equipping the fully mandated DEI Office is more than $500,000; 5-year average annual operating cost: more than $420,000.
Repository of 70 Years of Police Records: Estimated cost of establishing and posting repository is more than $700,000; 5-year average annual operating cost: more than $660,000.
The City’s Director of Finance prepared these cost estimates based on the City’s typical costs to hire, train, and equip staff in City departments, including in departments, like Fire and Police, that are required to be available 24/7 (as the NCAT team will be required to be to fulfill its mandated duties). The proposed Charter Amendments would require or necessitate hiring support staff, establishing and furnishing offices, and, for the NCAT administrators, obtaining and equipping vehicles, body cam and dash cam equipment, radios and other equipment, and providing extensive training.