LIBA proposes hiring more officers - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

LIBA proposes hiring more officers

Posted: Updated:

By: Hannah Paczkowski
hpaczkowski@klkntv.com

Lincoln is growing, 30,000 people in the last 10 years, which means the number of crimes may be going up as well.

"With the addition of the new arena and the business district in the Haymarket, there are larger concerns about the influx of people that will be frequenting that area," officer Chris Milisits said.

Lincoln's Independent Business Association proposes hiring more officers.

Currently, the ratio between officers per thousand citizens is among the lowest in the U.S. at 1.22 officers.

"To return to its 1998 peak strength ratio of 1.39, LPD would need to hire at least 44 additional officers," LIBA president Coby Mach said.

Which could cost the city almost $88,000 per officer.

LIBA doesn't want to see taxes go up to pay for it. It would rather see tax dollars restructured.

Mayor Chris Beutler says Lincoln is fortunate to have crime rates 40% below the national average, but he says it takes more than just police officers to keep it that way.

"Hiring additional Police Officers may be a good idea, but a decision must be based on the community's priorities," he said.

LIBA says in order to take control of the ratio situation, the best offense is a good defense.

"Unless LPD has the officers to diffuse our growing gang problem, it has the potential to escalate," Mach said.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man rolls vehicle after encounter with police

    UPDATE: Man rolls vehicle after encounter with police

    UPDATE: Man rolls vehicle after encounter with police

    Three people are injured after a rollover accident near Touzalin and Logan Avenue Wednesday night. 

    More >>

    Three people are injured after a rollover accident near Touzalin and Logan Avenue Wednesday night. 

    More >>
  • Two workers hospitalized after being electrocuted in south Lincoln

    Two workers hospitalized after being electrocuted in south Lincoln

    Two workers hospitalized after being electrocuted in south Lincoln

    Lincoln Police say two people were electrocuted while working near power lines at a car dealership in south Lincoln. 

    More >>

    Lincoln Police say two people were electrocuted while working near power lines at a car dealership in south Lincoln. 

    More >>
  • Lincoln man shot several times with pellet gun

    Lincoln man shot several times with pellet gun

    Lincoln man shot several times with pellet gun

    Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News 8@klkntv.com Shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday evening, officers were called to an apartment complex in southeast Lincoln near Honor Drive, to reports of a man being shot with a pellet gun. The victim, a 28 year old male, was confronted by another male who shot at him with a pellet gun from a car. The suspect got out of his vehicle with two pellet guns and continued shooting at the victim, striking him above the eye, lodging a pellet into his eyeb...More >>
    Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News 8@klkntv.com Shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday evening, officers were called to an apartment complex in southeast Lincoln near Honor Drive, to reports of a man being shot with a pellet gun. The victim, a 28 year old male, was confronted by another male who shot at him with a pellet gun from a car. The suspect got out of his vehicle with two pellet guns and continued shooting at the victim, striking him above the eye, lodging a pellet into his eyeb...More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KLKN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.