On its Facebook page Wednesday, the association posted a picture of a Fort Worth police badge alongside a breakdown of the number of reports the department received for nine crimes between July 9 and 16. The crimes included in the breakdown included assaults with injuries (123), aggravated sexual assaults (6), and kidnappings (2).
Under the numbers, the post states "with no new police officers added."
This summer, the department began requiring detectives to work one week of patrol to address a shortage of patrol officers and a rise in response times.
Stephen Hall, president of the association, had called the chief's plans a "Band-Aid fix" and said that to address the real problem, the city needs to authorize the hiring of new officers.
- Deanna Boyd