Chief pushes for 25 new police officers

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by WHITNEY WARD & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 19 at 6:42 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane Police Chief wants to add 25 new officers to the streets and it could cost taxpayers.

Chief Frank Straub said the extra officers would be able to respond to property crimes citywide. Straub said that those calls are steadily increasing.

“Sometimes they get investigated. Sometimes they don't.  And we'd like to increase efficiency” said Straub.

City leaders are considering a new property tax to help pay for a new wave of officers.


There are currently 276 officers according to Spokane Police Department leaders. However the department estimates that they will lose ten officers by June. SPD leaders blame the loss on retirements and transfers. 

Leaders are currently looking for officers in other jurisdictions according to Straub. He estimated that it typically takes 18 months to two years to train a new officer.

The exact amount of the potential property tax increase has yet to be determined by Spokane city leaders. The bond could go to public vote as soon as August.

 


 

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