JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – Jeffersonville’s City Council voted to hire three new police officers although it’s not what the chief wanted.
Chief Chris Grimm came before the council Monday night with a proposal to hire 25 officers.
He claims the police force is understaffed for the population they serve and showed the council a majority of his officers’ time is spent responding to crime as opposed to preventing crime.
"We do not have the manpower or the staff to really get out there and be proactive,” Chief Grimm said.
Council members did not feel comfortable voting on a measure they did not feel like they had enough time to consider.
They voted for the chief to hire three new officers and then apply for a federal grant that will help pay for new officers.
Council members plan to hold workshops to discuss hiring even more officers soon.