Published On: Thu, Sep 17th, 2015

Savannah police beefing up street presence

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8820974_GSAVANNAH – Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief Joseph Lumpkin Sr. told the city council Thursday that the department expects to put 29 more officers on the street after a new batch of trainees graduates this week to reduce the number of vacancies from 89 to 60.

Lumpkin told the council in earlier sessions that to fight a wave of violent crime he needed more cops and to get them he needed the council to approve higher salaries and better benefits.

And that’s what the city gave him.

The chief said he expects to come very close to his goal of hiring 100 new officers by year’s end.

Now the council wants results.

But members offered suggestions as well.

Alderman Van Johnson continued his push for a stricter curfew for children, because many of the crimes involve youth.

Alderman Tony Thomas said police should come up with a better way to alert citizens about crimes either through robo-calls, text alerts or email, especially in crimes like break-ins that continue to happen in certain areas.

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