City Manager Jim Couch said Tuesday he would work with Ward 3 Councilman Larry McAtee on a plan to increase proposed police hiring in 2014-15.
The city manager’s budget proposes money for 28 additional police positions, including 21 uniform officers, in the fiscal year beginning July 1.
McAtee has said he would like to see the department add 40 officers, as it did last year. The police force is nearly 300 officers short of the number Oklahoma City needs, based on Police Chief Bill Citty’s most recent manpower study.
The city council began budget hearings Tuesday with presentations including police and fire. Hearings will continue on May 20 and June 3, with the final budget to be adopted later in June. The city’s overall proposed budget for 2014-15 is a record $1.1 billion.