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GIPD Stretched Thin

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Grand Island police are finding themselves stretched thin, and they're losing manpower, according to a city study.

The city conducted a public safety study that was presented in 2012. The study recommended that GIPD implement a strategic policing model, and adopt performance standards to determine if GIPD efforts were effective.

The department developed a four year plan which was presented to the Grand Island City Council.

"There is fears of crime in the community. People don't always feel safe in their homes and that's even probably more of a problem -- we need to work on that," said Chief Steven Lamken.

He added that the city is doing all they can with what they have, but they'll need more resources. He said he knew they were being stretched too thin, but the data from the study surprised him.   

"All the new office positions go to uniform patrol," said Lamken about the five new positions they're in the process of adding. The study shows they'll need 10 new positions. By 2016, GIPD should be able to have everything in place.

GIPD will add new resources like a crime prevention specialist, and they're in the process of selecting a crime analyst. However, officers on the streets say they can use more manpower too.

"If you're short you kind of have to stay proactive but at the same time stay near areas where a lot of our calls come from," said Officer Bradley Brooks. "You always want to back up your fellow officer; you try to patrol as much of the city as possible and all aspects of the city."

GIPD now has half the resources for implementing their plans, and presented their first progress report to the City Council Tuesday evening.

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