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Manpower Study Underway to Address Police Officer Shortage

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

It seems like every year there is a manpower issue at the Corpus Christi Police Department.

It is a problem that Police Chief Floyd Simpson is looking at right now, and hopes to solve through a manpower study that is underway.

Every year, the department loses about 20 officers through retirement, firings and now Eagle Ford Shale. The department is currently down 19 officers. 15 new policemen will hit the streets in January after completing their field training, but then up to 11 officers could be retiring at that same time.

So, to try and get more policemen on the streets, the department is undergoing a manpower study. It is looking at issues like how to get officers out from behind an office desk and out on patrol. The idea is to replace them with a civilian.

It is part of the chief's plan to be able to go to his bosses at City Hall with the facts and figures when he asks for more officers.

"I always say, if I was king, I would go and say I need 100 more cops, just because it sounds good," Simpson said. "What I want to do is have a concrete number. A realistic number that I can bring to the manager and bring to the Council, and bring to the public, based on data, and let you know how many police officers we need to police the streets."

The manpower study could also have officers changing up their schedules as well. Right now they work for 10-hour days. That could be changed to 12-hour days, or move back to five eight-hour days.

The chief said everything is on the table as he tries to stop this constant  manpower shortage problem.

The Police Union said the federal government actually recommends that a city the size of Corpus Christi should have 100 more officers than we currently have.

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