- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department wants to hire more than 200 new employees, which would cost almost $17 million.

The Charlotte Observer reported (https://bit.ly/1P2UjIA) the numbers come from a budget planning retreat held Friday in Winston-Salem. The department is requesting as many as 125 new officers and 80 civilian employees.

Chief Kerr Putney said last year said he would ask the city for more staff, but he wasn’t specific. At the planning meeting, city officials said the extra staff would enhance community policing, and also would be used to support special events and lower response times.

No one explained how the city would pay for the new officers. The meeting was the start of the budget process, which ends in June.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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