Jeffersonville mayor says he wants to hire more police officers

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 6:51 AM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Jeffersonville residents will have the chance to talk about safety and police presence at the Big Four Bridge during a city council meeting Monday.

After several delays, the Jeffersonville entrance to the bridge opened last month and has since drawn big crowds.

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said he will ask the city council for extra police presence. Moore said a larger police presence will benefit not only the downtown area but other areas of Jeffersonville as well.

The city's police department is paying overtime to officers who volunteer to work on their weekend off and the extra foot traffic has prompted the Redevelopment Commission to seek help from a security company in Charlestown.

Moore said the overtime and use of the security company are a temporary solution and he wants the council to approve hiring more police officers.

He said the city should have two officers for every 1,000 residents and in a community of 46,000 people, the city is about 20 officers short.

Police Chief Chris Grimm is also expected to ask the council for grant money to help pay for officers.

Residents can weigh in on the matter at the council meeting beginning at 7 p.m., Room 101, City Hall, 500 Quartermaster Court.

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