Carlisle Borough Council decided to hire two additional police officers in 2019.
At last month’s budget hearing, Councilman Sean Shultz suggested doing a study first to determine how many officers the department should have, but estimates of the cost of such a study outlined in a staff memo to borough council ranged from $21,000 to as much as $50,000.
“It was more than I was hoping it would be,” Shultz said.
Shultz also said additional information from Chief Taro Landis helped build the case for the new officers.
Landis recently told The Sentinel that the request for additional officers is an effort to allow police to be more proactive rather than reactive and to prevent crimes from occurring. There would be an increased presence of officers on the street, and two officers would respond to most calls.
Councilwoman Deb Fulham-Winston said there would be a benefit to current officers who work long hours.
“Having those two extra people means that we are also protecting the current officers that are there so that they’re as healthy as possible when they’re on duty,” she said.
The cost of hiring the officers has been figured into the advertised 2019 budget, Shultz said.
The staff memo indicated that $171,000 from the capital improvements budget for street paving was moved to the police department’s budget to fund the positions.
The addition of two officers will bring the department up to 33 officers.