YOUNGSVILLE, La. (KLFY) – Even with a very low crime rate, the Youngsville Police Department is still looking to hire more officers, to serve the growing population in the city.
“I’m fixing to go to the council within the next 60 days and ask for 4 more people,” said Rickey Boudreaux, Youngsville Police Chief.
At night, the department only has 4 officers on patrol, and one of those officers is a supervisor.
Boudreaux says he needs more officers to patrol over 65 subdivisions within the city’s limits.
“So that breaks it down to about 21 subdivisions per officer, which is impossible to adequately patrol at night,” Boudreaux stated.
Currently the police department has 22 officers. But Chief Boudreaux wants to hire 4 more, bringing the total to 26.
According to city officials, the 2020 census could show that Youngsville has approximately 12,000 people.
In 2018 the police department was given an over $2.5 million annual budget from the city council.
Some residents in the city like the idea of hiring additional officers.
“Youngsville is a very safe place. I’ve always felt safe here, but you know in these days, I think it’s probably a good thing,” said Kathy Romero, a Youngsville resident.
“Anything that somebody might think of doing bad, they just won’t think about doing it, because there’s more officers on call,” said Leon Webb, another resident of the city.
“Everything’s growing, I mean we have all kind of grocery stores and stuff, so yes, definitely need more (officers),” said Jackie Rogers.
Chief Boudreaux says his officers make a little more than $17 an hour.
He says the presence of more officers, is a big deterrent to crime.
“You don’t get to attract the businesses and the people if there’s crime, so we’d like to keep it a low crime rate. I’m a proactive kind of person so is my department, we want to be out there preventing crime, not just answering call to call,” said Boudreaux.
For more information on the Youngsville Police Department, visit their website.