Manchester aldermen vote to explore hiring more police
Aldermen Patrick Arnold and Dan O'Neil made a proposal at Tuesday's Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting to increase the number of police officers.
"A lot of members of the community came out and shared personal concerns they had about public safety," Arnold said. "What we're trying to do is jump-start a discussion at the aldermanic level to put more cops on the streets and in the neighborhoods."
The debate Tuesday over the proposal centered on whether the city should seek federal grants to hire more officers. Last year, Mayor Ted Gatsas vetoed applying for such a grant, arguing that the city would have to absorb the staffing costs after the grants ran out in a few years. The aldermen overrode the veto.
"I don't disagree; public safety is absolutely paramount in this city," he said.
"I strongly believe we need more police officers so we can be proactive rather than reactive," he said.
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