Adding more officers to protect 16th Street Mall part of Denver’s proposed 2017 budget

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DENVER, Colo. — Adding 16 more officers to protect the 16th Street Mall is part of Mayor Michael Hancock’s proposed 2017 budget for the city of Denver.

That brings the total number of officers patrolling the mall to 48 – costing around $16 million.

The city is also looking to equip more officers with body cameras and add more than $5 million to the Affordable Housing Fund, which would stop city council from raising more taxes.

The mayor also touched on the homeless problem, saying he’s creating a new “office of hope” – which is  “housing and opportunities for people everywhere,” while adding more staff to get people off the streets.

Hearings to discuss the mayor’s budget will start next week.

A final vote is expected sometime in November.

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