Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Reminder: 2,000 police officers by end of the year?

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Yesterday the Atlanta city council approved a plan to hire 50 new police officers using federal stimulus funds.

In January, Mayor Franklin announced her intention to grow the city's police force to 2,000 officers. The city had 1,633 officers at the time, meaning Franklin was promising to grow the size of the force by 22 percent in a single year – nevermind the department's net loss of approximately 200 officers between October 2007 and January 2009. When critics called her proposal unrealistic, cranky Franklin lashed out.

According to the AJC, the city now has "more than 1,700 sworn officers." I'm no math whiz, but I'm pretty sure 50 plus "more than 1,700" does not equal 2,000.

The critics were right. Franklin's January 2009 proposal was ridiculous.

Correction: In earlier version of this post, I incorrectly described APD's overall size during. I apologize.

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