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Salisbury Police, Mayor Want to Put 15 More Officers on City Streets

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SALISBURY, Md.- Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton and Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan on Monday announced a proposal that would ultimately put 15 additional police officers on the city's streets.

"The population of our city is not going to get smaller, with between 140,000 and 160,000 people coming into salisbury every day," said Mayor Ireton.

The "2014 Salisbury Police Department Investment Funding Proposal,” seeks to fund and place the officers on the streets over the next 18 months. According to a release issued by the city, the breakdown of the funding proposal is as follows:
  • Ireton's proposed FY15 budget will take a police recruiter position, presently held by a sworn officer, and make it a civilian position, moving one officer back to patrol duty.
  • The mayor's May 1, 2014 budget transfer of $277,000 in the Salisbury Police Department will take four police dispatch positions that are held by sworn officers, and make them civilian positions, moving four officers back to patrol duty.
  • Ireton/Duncan's proposed May 1, 2014 budget amendment proposal of $832,822 to be spent for the hiring of 10 new Salisbury police officers that, after training, will be on patrol duty.
With the budget transfer and the approval of the police recruiter by the Salisbury City Council, five of those 15 will be on Salisbury streets by July 1, 2014.

"Salisbury has seen a historic drop in violent crime over the past five years,” Ireton said. “Chief Duncan, Colonel Barkley and the entire Salisbury Police Department should be commended for their work. As we come to the midpoint of this decade knowing what we know about our population - how it will increase and how many people visit Salisbury in a single day - it is clear that reaching the goal of under 2000 Part 1 Crimes in a calendar year, will take more resources.” 

Many people in Salisbury are in favor of the proposal.

"I think it would be excellent, more people on the streets, more cops on the street would make the street more safer," Travis Howard said.

Karen Livingston also supports the idea of more police protecting Salisbury's streets.
"If we get these dangerous people out of here we'll be better off and you can walk down the street safely," she said. "At night a lot of crime takes place."

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