Abilene police may be able to hire more officers under the proposed Fiscal Year 2014 city budget.
Chief Stan Standridge went before city council Wednesday to present a staffing study showing a need for eight additional officers. Currently, the department is authorized for 189 sworn officers.
Of the eight additional officers, Standridge said “three would have been assigned as School Resource Officers (SROs), and five would have been assigned to the Patrol Division.”
APD also requested a full-time Youth Division secretary and permission to reclassify two dispatchers from part-time call takers to full-time dispatchers.
Furthermore, Standridge said “over the course of the next five years, the staffing plan pointed out a need for 27 additional officers, raising authorized strength from 189 to 216.” However, those were neither approved nor included in the FY 14 budget.
The two dispatch positions were approved on first review and $208,000 was earmarked for police staffing.
“No decisions have been made yet as how best to spend those funds, because again, the budget has not been approved yet,” Standridge said. “Many more discussions will occur between Police and City Administrations.”