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Mayor of Jeffersonville wants to add more police officers to the streets

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Jeffersonville's mayor is working on a plan to make the city safer by adding more police officers to the streets.

The mayor says the extra officers are needed from downtown to the east end. He says the annexation that took place several years ago was never properly addressed and as a result, he city is underserved. The mayor wants to add five new officers a year for the next five years, but some members at city council think that will be too costly and don't want to spend the money.

The police chief will go before city council on Monday to formally make the request.

"We've needed more police officers for years," Moore said.

Moore says the need for more police officers started with the annexation that took place several years ago.

"You know, we never adequately as a city addressed the population," he said.

There's also more foot traffic in downtown Jeffersonville with the opening of the Big Four Bridge, but Moore says the extra officers are needed everywhere.

"This isn't just a downtown issue, this is for every neighborhood in the city of Jeffersonville," he said.

Moore has a plan to add five new officers every year for the next five years -- but not everyone is onboard. Dennis Julius is not only a local business owner, he is also president of the Jeffersonville City Council, and says the annexation may have added more people to the city, but not a lot of crime.

"I know it's real easy to come in and pound your chest and say, 'we need more officers' but it's another thing to be fiscally responsible and come up with a plan on how to pay for it," Julius said. "There's no real reason to think that crime is going up in Jeffersonville, there's no data to prove that."

Julius believes the mayor is trying to follow in the footsteps of one of his neighbors.

"I think some of this is a knee-jerk reaction to what the mayor in Louisville has done," he said. "They say it's not, but it's awful coincidental that it's happening at the same time."

But the mayor says it's more about making sure they have proper coverage for the amount of people who live in Jeffersonville.

"When they say two officers per 1,000 and Jeffersonville is well short of that...it's an issue that needs to be addressed," Moore said.

Jeffersonville's police chief will go before city council on Monday to formally make the request, but as you heard, he might be fighting an uphill battle.

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