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Leggett Announces Plans To Increase Police Staffing

Details of the increase will be released Thursday in the County Executive's proposed FY 2013 operating budget.

Montgomery County’s police force may soon receive a in numbers and resources, according to Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett.

, that his proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2013 will include a “significant” increase for police personnel, specifically mentioning the 6th District. Details of the proposed budget will be released Thursday.

Currently , and all sections within the department are feeling the strain. At 1.19 sworn officers to every 1,000 residents, the county is far below the national average of 2.7 officers per every 1,000 residents. 

County staffing numbers receive a little boost from the municipalities of Rockville, Takoma Park, Chevy Chase and Gaithersburg, which bring the county ratio of sworn officers per 1,000 residents to 1.38. 

Montgomery County Police Department had made up 15 percent of the county’s total budget in recent years, even with the millions in cutbacks it has seen since the recession started. The county allotted $232.4 million of the county operating budget to the department for fiscal year 2012. 

George Bailey March 13, 2012 at 05:37 PM
This guy, Legget is not satisfied with ripping us off for grocery bags, now he wants to bankrupt Sawbucks.
B Allen May 05, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Instead of incresing the number of police to write tickets in order to get more revenue for the county, this knucklehead Leggett (and the equally if not worse county council) need to cut ALL the freebees (TAXPAYERS DOLLARS) they give to illegals and use it to have a police force and other services we are entitled to as taxpayers. How many MILLIONS of taxpayers dollars are given to illegals here in MoCo, they won't tell us. We do know it is over $2Billion in MD alone.

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