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Jeffersonville City Council votes to add three police officers

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Jeffersonville city council has voted to hire three more police officers and apply for grant funding for those positions. 

Jeffersonville police chief Chris Grimm laid out his plan to add 25 officers to the police force for the city council Monday night. He says the city has the money to do it and that the plan spreads the expenditure out over several years.

But not everyone on the council agrees on the long term plan. Council president Dennis Julius said "I don't know how we can be fiscally responsible and spend, assuming that we will get more money in every year when we don't every year."

Chief Grimm says when Jeffersonville annexed more than 10,000 residents into the city, the council voted to have two officers per 1,000 residents. The chief says that still hasn't happened and money in the general fund can now cover it. 

He said "what better way to spend it than on public safety? Than putting officers on the street, that first of all this council agreed to in 2007."

Terri Hicks lives in the annexed area and says the extra officers should be a top priority. "Unfortunately, when we call these guys," Hicks said, "if they've got 17,000 things going on downtown they're response time to us is getting longer."

Others say more officers would eventually mean more taxes. 

Jeffersonville resident Ron Smith said "if we need the policemen and we can afford them, then hire them. I can't buy anything I can't afford. I deserve everything, but guess what, someone's gotta pay for it."

The city will also apply for federal grant money to help offset the cost of the extra officers who would hit the streets as soon as they are done at the academy, possibly by the end of the year. 

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