St. Paul needs more police officers, report says. Here’s how the numbers break down.

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and Police Chief Todd Axtell. Photos courtesy of City of St. Paul.

The St. Paul Police Department needs more than 100 additional officers and staff, a study by the department says — a recommendation at odds with the city’s 2020 budget, which reduced the total number of employees in the police force.

Mayor Melvin Carter and Police Chief Todd Axtell disagreed on how to approach the city’s recent surge in gun violence during this budget process. Axtell requested funding for more officers and gunshot detection technology, while Carter’s budget allocated more safety funding for public space upgrades and youth programs.

The 250-page study — completed in December 2019, days before the city council approved the 2020 budget — includes data related to the department’s staffing and performance, as well as recommendations for improving working conditions for officers and their service to the community. 

Explore the visualization below for a look at the current St. Paul Police Department budget, the department’s work and the report’s recommendations.