POSTED: Friday, February 6, 2009 - 7:13pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm
The police department is operating with 231 officers when they're authorized to be staffed with 245. Brownsville Police Chief, Carlos Garcia, says that makes it harder to deter crime.
“It’s a growing city. There are growing pains. We’re short staffed.”
But even with only 231 uniforms patrolling Brownsville streets, the department is proud with last year's numbers. The murder rate went down 40% in 2008. The number of robberies also decreased. It went from 207 to 173 last year. Aggravated assault numbers went down more than 33%
And what the chief believes is the biggest success for the police department, the major decrease in car thefts. That number decreased 25%. The police department has a unit that specializes in car thefts and burglaries. He says that and with the help of Mexican officials, it has made it easier to recover stolen vehicles that were taken across the border.
“We know that by telling them to assist and locate stolen vehicles and apprehend people who are in possession of stolen vehicles deter that a lot”.
But even with what he considers scarce resources; Chief Garcia says he's proud of the entire department's performance in the 2008 annual report.