BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) - It may soon seem as though there are more officers on the streets in Beavercreek, but actually it's the department doing more with what it already has.
Beavercreek police will be switching its 28 patrol officers from a 8.5 hour shift to a 12 hour shift starting June 2. This change will put eight patrol officers on the streets during a given shift rather than four. Approximately two Sergeants will also be on-duty during these times.
"This is essentially doubling the number patrol officers policing the streets of Beavercreek," said Chief Dennis Evers. "This is a response to our increased call volume. Calls to police have increased by 9% in Beavercreek since 2010."
The Chief believes the increased visibility will further protect businesses from crime and allow officers to better respond to crashes, as well as enforce speeds.
"We have a lot of accidents that happen between the hours of 11 am.- 11pm.," said Chief Evers. "We also have a lot of residents who complain about drivers speeding throughout their neighborhood."
The Chief said this will not cost residents or the city any money.
"We are not adding personnel, simply redistributing them," said Chief Evers.
City leaders are on-board with the plan. The Chief plans to review data at the end of the year to see if the change had any impact.
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