On November 7, 2017 the citizens of our great city voted in a .2% Public Safety Sales Tax to finance and support the funding of twenty-four (24) additional officers to include the training and equipment costs to support those officers. Those officers will be added to our ranks over time and by the end of 2020 our authorized strength will be 231 sworn! This is a much-needed manpower increase for the department and more importantly, our community. Thank you for 2B!
With these additional officers our first focus will be the Patrol Division and the Traffic Section. We will strive to reduce our response times and have a positive effect on traffic safety in our community. Additionally, we will make a concerted effort to deliver police services via community-oriented policing. We will be able to have more bicycle patrols, foot patrols and community-oriented policing projects designed to deliver proactive policing to neighborhoods and work places alike. In 2019 we will also continue some of the programs and efforts that have produced results for our community. Programs such as the “Safe Streets” program and the “FBI-Safe Streets Task Force” will continue to address the serious cases and the serious offenders who create those cases. We will also continue our use of body-worn cameras and, in coordination with Health Solutions, we will continue our “CIT Program” which delivers services to citizens with mental health or substance abuse issues.