Editorial: More cops on the beat
Now that the debate over the swim center has settled down, Greensboro City Council plans to turn its attention in 2010 to the police department.
The City Council at its December retreat called public safety its top issue, so it's likely that Chief Tim Bellamy's suggestion of adding a fifth patrol district and 300 employees over the next five years will get a good going-over.
There's cost involved, of course…which would increase the annual police payroll by $6.5 million. Building a police substation in that new patrol district could cost about $18.5 million. Again, city and police leaders must weigh these costs against the city's needs and available money.
December 22, 2009