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DeKalb reports shortage in police officers compared to calls

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More crime and not enough officers.  A DeKalb Police report shows they don't have enough bodies on the street.

The department's fairly new leader, is hoping to change that in the future.

Quality isn't the problem.  That's what DeKalb Chief Gene Lowery says.  It's all about quantity.  The numbers, just aren't lining up.

"I believe that our crime problem is far more serious than it should be for a community this size even though we host a major university," said Chief Lowery.

DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery looks at the type of calls the PD receives, and the amount of calls each officer responds to, on average every year.

That number is 647.  The amount of 911 calls received, 21,000, a 33% increase from past years.  Lowery says the overload of calls, is keeping the department in a reactive state, when the goal, is to prevent crime.

A shift in the socio-economic well-being of DeKalb is what Lowery attributes the crimes to.  In 2007 the department had 63 officers on patrol.  That number has dropped and remains at 58.

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