Councilman Cites Growth As Need For More Police

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Citing citizen complaints about a lack of police coverage, Reno City Councilman Dave Aiazzi is calling for the hiring of ten new police officers next year.

Aiazzi said the police department has had trouble keeping up with the city's growth.

"Right now, it's not a crime rate issue, it's a coverage issue," Aiazzi said. "We have added a lot more property to the city of Reno, and I think we need better coverage."

City Manager Charles McNeely said he's considering ways to fund the proposal, which the city council plans to discuss Wednesday at a budget workshop.

Options include raising property taxes, cutting police overtime or cutting other services, McNeely said.

In 2001, Reno had 1.77 officers per 1,000 residents, below the national average of 2.4 officers per 1,000 residents. Now, despite a five-year plan that adds six new officers a year to the force, Reno has 1.76 officers per 1,000 residents.

Aiazzi, who's seeking re-election this year, insisted his request has nothing to do with his campaign.