Five Year Plan Addresses Critical Police Staffing Shortages.
The Chandler Law Enforcement Association (CLEA) and Chandler Lieutenants & Sergeants Association (CLASA) are recommending a five-year plan for an additional 83 sworn officers to address critical police staffing shortages in the City of Chandler. This would bring Chandler in line with other Valley agencies in a fiscally responsible way.
Police staffing levels have failed to keep up with the rapid population and business growth in Chandler. It has been 13 years (2008) since new police positions have been added to the Police Department, despite the continuous influx of new families and corporations to Chandler. Instead, positions have been reassigned to meet only basic patrol needs, leaving a gap in other investigative and proactive policing divisions.
Additionally, the nature of crimes has evolved significantly over the last decade to include increases in Internet crime, guns, sex trafficking, gangs, drugs, mental health issues, homelessness and in the last year, protests. CLEA recommends 83 additional officers, and several civilian staff positions over a period of five years as a balanced, long-term approach. The plan is designed to create a proactive approach to public safety in order to serve the residents of Chandler.
"We will be there when we are needed. We've always been there," said Michael Collins, CLEA President. "We've done more with less for a long time, but now, even though our officers are working more overtime than ever before, Chandler PD is struggling to fill shifts. We're stretched very thin. It's happening more than anyone should be comfortable with and our citizens deserve better."
Chief Sean Duggan outlined these issues for the Chandler City Council last week, explaining how patrol positions have been a priority in order to meet public safety, and detailing criminal activity in Chandler.
Chandler City Council will address this issue at a Special Micro Retreat from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21 at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Road. This is a public meeting.
Annual budget briefings will be held on Friday, April 23 beginning 8 a.m. in City Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago St.
To provide your input contact the Chandler City Council: [email protected].
Media Contact: Jane Poston, J2 Media 602-363-9883 [email protected]
Michael Collins CLEA President 480-331-1852 [email protected]
Tom Lovejoy CLASA President 602-677-4248