Councilor Linehan Calls for More Police Officers
Councilor Bill Linehan wholeheartedly supports Councilor Rob Consalvo’s call for the addition of 200 police officers in the City of Boston. Boston’s population has grown over the past decade or more and the amount of police officers has not caught up with that growth. Presently Boston has just over 2,000 uniformed officers. Boston has over 635,000 people residing within the City limits. Job growth and growth in the tourism industry brings an additional 565,000 people to the City on a daily basis, many more people than in the past. In addition, the Boston Housing Authority Police has been underfunded and has lost significant officers over the years, leaving the majority of patrols to Boston Police.
During this time of population growth Boston has also become more prosperous. Based on this change of more people living, working and visiting Boston, 200 police officers seems not only reasonable but warranted. Financially, this City is doing well both from a private and public prospective and cutting costs around public safety is not good for the people or businesses of Boston.