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CityLab Daily: Unpacking Uvalde’s Police Spending Budget

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Police officers stand near a makeshift memorial for the shooting victims at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 26, 2022. 

Police officers stand near a makeshift memorial for the shooting victims at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 26, 2022. 

Photographer: CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP

Uvalde’s police spending, which makes up 40% of the city’s budget, has come under scrutiny as details emerged that officers waited more than an hour to enter the classroom where a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers in last Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School.

But determining what went wrong in the police response will take more than scrutinizing city budgets. In fact, Uvalde’s police spending is not such an aberration for a city of just 16,000 residents.