Dear Mayor Haskew and City Council Members,
My name is [YOUR NAME] and I am a Walnut Creek resident writing to urge you to defund the Walnut Creek Police Department.
The Walnut Creek Police Department takes up 30% ($52.1M) of the city’s general fund. This percentage has risen for the last two decades and takes away desperately needed resources from essential city programs and services. The entire budget for Community & Economic Development only accounts for 8% ($14.9M) of the city's budget. Increased police spending shows no correlation to increasing public safety over the past 20 years, thus our city's investment in policing has not made us safer – WCPD remains an embarrassment to the city and a lethal threat to Walnut Creek's Black and Brown communities. With Walnut Creek's current finances in dire jeopardy, it is clear that we must defund the police.
As a Walnut Creek resident, I therefore demand that you take immediate action to ensure the following:
Reduce WCPD’s allocation from the General Fund by 50% (roughly $26M).
Disallow unauthorised overtime by WCPD.
Discontinue use of general fund dollars to pay for settlements due to police murder, misconduct, and negligence.
Invest in housing, jobs, youth programs, restorative justice, and mental health workers to keep the community safe.
Walnut Creek can not wait any longer for a budget that meets the needs of its residents. The only way to achieve this is to take immediate steps to Defund and Abolish WCPD.
[YOUR PHONE NUMBER]