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CdA May Get 3 New Officers

The good news is Coeur d’Alene may get three new patrol officers. But even if the hires occur, the Lake City will continue to be significantly short-handed in regards to law enforcement staffing compared with other cities in Idaho. Acting police Chief Ron Clark said based on statewide statistics the city would need 12 new officers just to meet minimum policing standards. “Based on crime rates versus the number officers, we are dealing with more crime per officer than any other similar-sized agency in the state,” Clark said. Still, the chief is thankful that the City Council this week voted 4-1 to support his request to apply for a $375,000 Federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant to fund the new officers. Councilman Steve Adams, pictured, voted against the proposal/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Question: Seems to be the purity of his misguided ideology is more important to Councilman Steve Adams than community police protection. Or am I missing something?

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