Bebris said a smaller force hasn’t led to more overtime, which has been true in many cities, or created gaps in police attention.
“Our overtime, as measured in labor hours, is down 35 percent since 2011,” he said. “Overtime represents 4 percent of our department budget.”
He said the force likely will surpass the 2,837 citations officers issued in 2012. The number to date is 2,787. “That has a positive impact on traffic enforcement.”
Two veteran members of the department, officers Tony Gressel and Susie Green recently have retired and will be replaced.
Bebris said the force’s response time hasn’t wavered. The first unit on the scene averaged 2.11 minutes in 2008. So far this year, it’s 1.9 minutes.
Klopsch said preliminary budget estimates indicate that the city will spend $200,000 less in 2014 than it will in 2013.
Next year’s budget will be presented to city council in December.