The patrolman’s union said the department continues to be woefully understaffed, but credited the mayor for his recent efforts to boost the ranks. Fiorentini also introduced three new police hires during at his State of the City speech. Those men replaced officers who recently retired.
This isn’t the first time the patrolman’s union has voiced skepticism about the crime statistics and complained about low staffing. Last May, union leaders told City Council that gang activity was on the rise, but that the public doesn’t hear a lot about it because police don’t have the manpower to “crack down” on gangs due to low staffing levels.