As population grows, so does number of officers

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

By July 1st the city willhave eleven more officers including a school resource officer than they did in2011.

"The administration along with the mayor's officeare always going to look and adjust for the numbers and see what it is we needbased on the population," said Jonesboro Police Officer Sgt. Doug Formon. "Overthe 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 safeplace it is.

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

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

"In 2005, Chief Yatesimplemented our prowl unit and that unit of officers hit hot spots," saidFormon. "If we're having trouble in certain areas those officers go to thatarea and work that."

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