Monroe Police Union Being Promised More Manpower

The president of the Monroe Police union said the mayor and police chief are making new promises for action in the police department.
MONROE (KTVE/KARD) -- The president of the Local 81 Monroe Chapter of the International Union of Police Associations, Michael Calloway, confirmed to KTVE/KARD promises are being made by Mayor Jamie Mayo and Police Chief Quentin Holmes to change the department in the wake of an internal survey of the department.

In that survey, 86% of officers reported morale is down from years past and 88% said they'd take another job if they could.

The union met on May 28th about the survey and told us back then they wanted more patrol officers.

Calloway said at the moment the mayor and the chief promised they will receive just that.

According to Calloway, the mayor and chief are promising an increase of Monroe PD's Patrol Unit from 72 officers to 84 officers. Calloway said that would mean there would be 16 officers and five supervisors for each day and night shift.

Calloway said what that comes out to is about 15 officers on the streets during those times, up from the previous 14.

Chief Holmes also promised to constantly maintain four officers in the Traffic Enforcement Unit, according to Calloway, which would free up patrol officers to perform other duties.

The union president also said the mayor and chief promised to increase the number of patrol officers to 88 by January 2015, which would improve the number of patrol officers on the streets each shift to 16.

Calloway said the mayor and chief told him they would reveal their full plan for corrective action in the police department next week.

We will bring you more details once we receive them.

For our story on the release of the internal survey, click here.

For our story on the union's May meeting, click here.

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