BRADENTON — Bradenton council members told the city police chief and other department heads today they have to do more with less.
At a workshop on reviewing next year’s budget figures, Councilman Bemis Smith brought up Police Chief Michael Radzilowski’s portrayal in a Bradenton Herald article of police department staffing as being “critically short.”
Smith said he appreciated the progress the department has made in reducing the crime, but questioned how the chief can say the city is at risk when the crime rate has dropped.
Radzilowski said he is authorized to have 122 officers, but with last year’s hiring freeze and four officers assigned as school resource officers, he is operating with a force of 113.
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“That’s just not enough to do the increased amount of work,” he said.
The other council members said they have not been getting any calls from residents asking for their taxes to be raised, and with the economic conditions the city is experiencing there is just less revenue.
For more on the city council’s budget discussions, pick up a copy of Thursday’s Bradenton Herald.