In the past few years, College Station has seen an uptick in crime while per-capita police officer headcount at CSPD has lagged the average for cities its size by over 30%. According to Governing.com, “police departments serving cities with populations exceeding 25,000 employed an average of 16.8 officers and 21.4 total personnel for every 10,000 residents.”
According to the most recent numbers available (2016), College Station employs 11.7 police officers per 10,000 residents, a total of 130 officers.
If College Station were employing the average number of officers per capita in cities of its size, officer count would increase by 56 officers to a total of 186.
For comparison’s sake a similarly populated college town, Lawrence, Kansas, employs 15.9 officers per 10,000 residents, 4 more officers per 10,000 residents than are staffed at College Station Police Department.
Perhaps an increased police presence, in the form of officer headcount that…
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