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Fayetteville police chief renews request for dozens of additional officers

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Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock at a police academy graduation. Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock at a police academy graduation.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

After being on the job as Fayetteville's police chief for about a year, Harold Medlock says he has had enough time to figure out what his department needs.

Medlock says an additional 72 positions will help him reduce crime. Medlock renewed his request for a larger police force during a city council budget workshop over the weekend.

Medlock is asking city council to approve 55 new officers, 34 including patrol officers and 21 detectives. He also wants to add two supervisors. Eleven support positions, who are not sworn officers, are also part of his request.

After a police academy graduation on Monday, Medlock said he pledges that the additional staffing will cut down on crime in the city. He said the more officers and support staff will allow his officers to be more proactive and to really get into communities where crime originates.

"By having the additional resources, the additional officers of the street, eliminates a lot of opportunity for criminals to do their activity," Medlock said.

Now his request is in the hands of Fayetteville City Council members.

Just like any other year, several other departments have also asked for more money from the city.

City Council and the city manager will have to decide what to do about the requests and how to fund them. A tax increase to pay for the requests is an option.

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Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

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