PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - City Commissioners voted Thursday on several budget amendments that will reduce funding for the Portland Police Bureau.
The budget vote comes after two weeks of protests calling for police reform after the death of George Floyd.
Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who introduced four of the budget amendments, said they amount to about a $16 million reduction for the bureau, and the elimination of 107 full time equivalent positions.
"I never started with a number in mind," Hardesty said. "What I started with was what are the programs that I already know have racially disparate outcomes and those are the programs I was committed to cutting."
As part of the reductions, the city will eliminate the Police Bureau's Gun Violence Reduction Team, SERT Team, and transit officers.
Portland Commissioner vote to eliminate Gun Violence Reduction Team, School Resource Officer program, SERT Team. #fox12oregon— Simon Gutierrez (@sggutierrez) June 11, 2020
Hardesty said the funding would be re-allocated to community-based programs as well as $4.8 million that will go to fund Portland Street Response, a program launched by Hardesty that features an EMT and social worker responding to people dealing with mental health issues or houselessness.
Commissioners also approved ending the bureau's School Resource Officer program and removing $2 million in funding for the bureau through the city's Cannabis Tax Revenues.
While commissioners approved several budget amendments, the overall city budget still needs to be approved. Now, there will need to be a second reading.
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