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As population grows, so does number of officers

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - As the city of Jonesboro grows so does the number of police officers.

By July 1st the city will have eleven more officers including a school resource officer than they did in 2011.

"The administration along with the mayor's office are always going to look and adjust for the numbers and see what it is we need based on the population," said Jonesboro Police Officer Sgt. Doug Formon. "Over the last decade Jonesboro has grown at a rate of about 1,200 people per year, so you have to constantly keep adjusting for those numbers."

City Council member, Dr. Charles Coleman said having more officers is key to keeping Jonesboro the safe place it is.

"We're growing leaps and bounds so we're going to have to do something to keep things from happening like they do in other cities," said Coleman.

Having the man power to patrol certain areas in town allows all parts of Jonesboro to be on close watch whether they're high crime areas or not.

"In 2005, Chief Yates implemented our prowl unit and that unit of officers hit hot spots," said Formon. "If we're having trouble in certain areas those officers go to that area and work that."

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