I was listening to an interview with a representative of the Police Patrolmen’s Union and some of the numbers being quoted gave me pause for thought.
692 number of policemen
300 number of patrolmen on the beat
120 number of Command officers
292 number of policemen assigned to other duties besides patrolling the streets
33 number of patrolmen on any given day out of service for various reasons
67 number of patrolmen available per day at each stationhouse for 3 shifts
A few other relevant numbers:
77 per cent of city budget allotted to police and fire services in Toledo
23 per cent of city budget remaining for all other services
1. Does a ratio of 2.5 men to each Command Officer seem somewhat top heavy?
2. What per cent of the city budget do other communities spend on safety services?
3. What is the breakdown of assignments for the remaining 292 policemen?
No comment on these numbers… only observations.