DPD has coped as you might expect, resulting in officers taking $32 million worth of overtime during fiscal year 2016, Assistant Dallas Police Chief Santos Cadena told the Dallas City Council Public Safety Committee on Monday. The department reserved $17 million for overtime in the 2016 budget. There's $9 million left in overtime taken or to be taken that isn't paid for, so the city's going to have to come up with the cash.
The shortfall has been reduced by $6 million, which was spent on overtime instead of salaries. The department allocated that amount to pay for new officers that weren't hired. Since more officers left than were hired to replace them — so far in 2016, DPD has seen a net loss of 219 officers — the money saved could be spent on overtime.
What's this money being spent on? About $7 million is being handed out as part of an effort to address crime hot spots like Oak Lawn after the LGBTQ-targeted robberies and citizen complaints about quality of life crimes (like panhandling and petty crime downtown) and slow 911 response times.
The rest of the money was spent on DPD's violent crime task force (about $1.5 million), the June Trump rally at Gilley's ($200,000) and DPD's post-shooting response (about $700,000).
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban donated $1 million to DPD after the Orlando shooting to pay for new cameras and overtime in Oak Lawn. The department has the money, Cadena said Monday, but hasn't used any of it yet.
The city's proposed 2017 budget includes $19 million for potential overtime.