Local lawmaker files bill to help hire more police officers

2 years 6 months 1 week ago Thursday, February 04 2016 Feb 4, 2016 Thursday, February 04, 2016 6:53:00 PM CST February 04, 2016 in News
By: Krista Gmelich, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – Rep. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, filed a bill that would help cities like Columbia hire more police officers.

If passed, the bill would establish a pilot program called the Community Crime Reduction Grant Program. The grants provided to eligible cities would assist in funding more police officers and public safety seminars.

“We’ve heard from a lot of constituents that are concerned about the rise in crime in Columbia and the reality that we don’t have enough officers available,” Rowden said.

Rowden said the U.S. Department of Justice recommends communities have about two and a half police officers for every one thousand citizens, and Columbia is currently below that number. The grants would go to cities, like Columbia, with less than two police officers per one thousand people.

Larry Schuster, a Columbia resident and former Columbia city councilman, said he commends Rowden for his work on the bill, but still has concerns.

Schuster said the city already has a hard time filling open positions for police officers.

“There’s a lot of issues within the police department, within the administration of the city. It’s a bigger thing than just not being able to have enough money,” Schuster.

The city of Columbia has long dealt with the issue of hiring on additional police officers.  In November 2014, residents voted down a tax increase that would have been used for that purpose.

Schuster opposed the proposition then because he said past funds spent on 911 services should have been used to bring on more police.  Even now, Schuster said there are still other areas within city spending that could be used on to hire on police.

"I think it's a time that we do more soul searching, and we work hard at again determining what are the want-to-haves and what are the must-haves," Schuster said.

When asked about the failed tax, Rowden said he still has Columbia constituents coming to him with safety concerns.

"The challenge is now we recognize the problem, now we have to recognize a solution and how to fund it.  And so, if I can find a way to do that at the state level, that's going to be the goal," Rowden said.

Rowden's bill was heard by the House earlier this week.

More News

Grid
List
TUSCUMBIA (AP) — The trial of a 59-year-old man facing a capital murder charge in the 1984 death of a... More >>
1 hour ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 4:23:00 AM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Ninety-one people have died in impaired driving accidents so far in 2018. The Missouri Coalition for... More >>
1 hour ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 4:00:00 AM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
MOBERLY - A severe thunderstorm brought half-dollar sized hail and hundreds of power outages to Randolph County Thursday evening. ... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:05:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Three Indiana men involved in the armed robbery of a Walgreens pharmacy were indicted Thursday by a... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:32:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Public Transit Advisory Commission (PTAC) is pushing back over proposed budget cuts to the city's public transit... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 7:46:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Missouri candidate who recently claimed a surprise victory in the Republican primary for state auditor is now... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 7:21:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Audrain County Sheriff's Office says the widely-circulated story of a dog found with taped legs... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 5:21:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Prosecutors charged a Columbia man with murder Thursday, two months after deputies found a woman dead in a... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:16:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
TUSCUMBIA - A convicted murderer charged with the killing of an Eldon girl in 1984 got a change of venue... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 3:57:13 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
SEDALIA - Gov. Mike Parson, lawmakers and agriculture experts talked to Missouri farmers at the State Fair Thursdsay, to assure... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:54:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are searching for the man pictured above, saying he is a suspect in a Thursday morning... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:50:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - An invasive beetle has spread to 11 new counties in Missouri. The emerald ash borer kills more than... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:27:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri announcement a financial windfall Thursday that will help feed hundreds... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:20:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri candidate who recently claimed a surprise victory in the Republican primary for state... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:05:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a lawsuit Thursday against a St. Louis housing complex where reported... More >>
18 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:57:00 AM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - St.Louis-based SSM Health confirmed Thursday it is exploring a transfer of its Jefferson City and Mexico hospitals to... More >>
19 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:28:00 AM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Regional Airport managers held the first All Things Airport monthly meeting on Thursday. The meeting was... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:48:00 AM CDT August 16, 2018 in Top Stories
(CNN) - Aretha Franklin, whose gospel-rooted singing and bluesy yet expansive delivery earned her the title "the Queen of Soul,"... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:46:00 AM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 70°
6am 70°
7am 70°
8am 70°
9am 73°