Lubbock Police Department fully staffed with 2017 class - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock Police Department fully staffed with 2017 class

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The Lubbock Police Department is now fully staffed following the start of their newest 2017 alpha class.

Police Chief Greg Stevens says one of the biggest challenges any department faces is manpower, and the Lubbock department now has 435 staffed officers, two more than their budgeted strength. 

Stevens says a full department gives them the chance to be proactive and work on preventing increasing crimes, like property theft. 

"What we're having with our manpower coming up the way it is is the opportunity to do that because we'll get to a point where we're not just chasing calls all day, to where we actually have the time to come up with good, innovative ideas to address and attack these kinds of issues," said Chief Stevens. 

The public is invited to attend the Police Academy graduation on March 24th. Chief Stevens says they are also working on expanding their budget to hire even more officers. 

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