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City of Melissa Texas 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update Page 7.6 Chapter 7 Public Services and Facilities Plan Police Officers There are currently 10 full-time police officers 1 reserve officer and 1 clericaladministrative worker within the Police Department. The ratio of police officers to population is commonly used to assess whether the police force can properly serve the citizenry. An accepted ratio of police officers to population is between 1.5 and 1.8 officers per 1000 people.7-1 However consider the following There is no consensus on staffing levels for local police departments. The ratio of both officers and total police employees per 1000 is significantly related to crime ratesSuch standards have limited meaning because the actual number required will vary depending on the size of a city geographic region and city type central suburban free-standing rural. Even cities of the same population size and type may differ widely in staffing needs because of differences in demographics socio-economic characteristics climate or other unique conditions. Municipal Research Services Center of Washington Level of Service Standards - Measures for Maintaining the Quality of Community Life MRSC Report 311994. The City currently has a ratio of about 1.4 officers per 1000 people. This is slightly lower than recommended by the ratio. It is important to note that the generally accepted ratios are difficult to apply to small cities given the fact that there has to be a certain number of officers for each shift 24 hours per day and seven days per week. Other criteria for hiring police officers in smaller cities may be based on the number of calls received and the average response times. Table 7-2 also projects the number of police officers needed in the future correlated with future population projections in 2025 2030 and at build-out capacity. More officers will be needed in the next 10 years if Melissas population growth as quickly as is anticipated within this Comprehensive Plan. 7-1 U.S. Department of Justice website. Table 7-2. Ratio Analysis of Existing and Future Police Service Needs Current of Officers Ratios Current of Officers Needed by Ratio Future of Officers Needed 2014 Population 2025 Population 2030 Population Ultimate Capacity 7755 22127 35635 119072 11 total 10 full- time 1 reserve 1.5 Officers per 1000 12 33 53 179 1.8 Officers per 1000 14 40 64 214