Coeur d’Alene Police Dept. applies for grant to hire more officers

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by TAYLOR VIYDO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 20 at 8:39 PM

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- The Coeur d’Alene Police Department wants to hire more officers.

They are currently in the process of applying for a federal grant that would pay for three additional officers that would run a new Downtown substation.

Department leaders said they could still use more manpower to meet all the work they have to do. The problem is the budget.

Coeur d’Alene police officers on average are handling more offenses than officers in other parts of the state.

Each Coeur d’Alene officer handles around 64 offenses a year. That compares to around 54 offenses a year for officers in similar sized cities like Caldwell and Twin Falls.

“We’re doing more with less and we’re looking at changing that and trying to hire more additional officers to ease that workload,” said Interim Police Chief Ron Clark.

Chief Clark said this mean his officers are more stressed but it all comes down to how much money is available. He adds that the department is looking at its own budgeting process.

If the department were to be awarded the grant, they would not get the money until later in 2014.

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