DeKalb Police Chief Says More Officers Needed

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- A published report says the city of DeKalb has the lowest ratio of police officers to people when compared with other state university cities in Illinois.

The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports the city has 1.3 police officers for every 1,000 people.

That's as the city has reported steady population but an increase of service calls. The newspaper says calls for service jumped from 38,803 in 2011 to 40,908 in 2012.

When the number of calls are figured out per officer, DeKalb's is double that of Urbana and Champaign. DeKalb, home to Northern Illinois University, reported 647 calls per officer last year.

DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery says the number of calls leaves officers buried with work and that the focus becomes reactive versus proactive. The department has 61 officers.


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