Fayetteville's police chief says the city needs nearly 70 more police officers to cut down on crime.
On Saturday, Chief Harold Medlock told city council and administration about his desire to add 68 positions to his department. The additional manpower would make the city's police force comparable to other cities of the same size. It would also allow officers to be more involved in neighborhoods.
Fayetteville State University criminal justice lecturer Darla Cole said Monday that Medlock's idea seems well-founded.
"He did conduct some studies to see how his officers' time was being used, where they're needing to be used more," Cole said. "He has a well thought out plan for where he wants to put the officers.
In the Massey Hill community, Stella Mullen also liked the idea. She coordinates the community watch in the area.
"We need to see more patrols and we need more manpower - police presence," Mullen said.
She said she would be willing to pay a little more in property tax if that is what was needed to add the officers.
City council is now considering the proposal as preparations for the next budget year. Council members will be considering a tax increase to pay for the officers.