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(a) Positions in the Police Department may only be converted from sworn to civilian as they become vacant. No sworn officer shall be laid off in order to convert a position to civilian personnel.
(b) If the Mayor or any member of the Board of Supervisors proposes to convert positions in the Police Department from sworn officers to civilian personnel through the budget process, the Controller and the Chief of Police shall report on whether the reduction would decrease the number of police officers dedicated to neighborhood community policing, patrol, and investigations or would substantially interfere with the delivery of City public safety services, including services to protect the public in the event of an emergency. In preparing the report required by this subsection (b), the Chief of Police shall solicit input from the Police Commission.
(Added March 2004; amended by Proposition E, Approved 11/3/2020)