Storm Just Now Hitting Police Departments

By: Toni Harrison
By: Toni Harrison

During the aftermath of the recent storms, police departments in cities with high numbers of evacuees found themselves pulling all their resources to make sure public safety wasn't compromised.

"We actually increased the number of officers that we patrolling from about eight to ten a night to almost 43 each day and evening," said Peter Scheets, Bryan Police Asst. Chief.

"We went into 12 hour shifts and I put additional staffing on the streets," said Michael Clancey, College Station Police Chief.

The worst of this year's hurricane season may not be over. The aftermath of the storm for the police department could be just beginning. Both departments had to use their own resources to pay for additional staff and overtime hours.

"It'll be coming out of our budget. If need be, I'm sure we'll get contingency funds transferred in. But, we have just begun our fiscal year which does help," said Clancey.

Department budgets are planned carefully and funds to pay for added staff and overtime were not originally part of the equation.

"Even though we did go through a lot of overtime, it hasn't prevented us from procuring anything or continuing to hire more personnel," said Clancey.

High stress and high anxiety among local residents and evacuees didn't translate into high crime. Both departments say crime rates did not increase and response times improved.

While both Bryan and College Station are out some money for now, they feel the increase in officers was the right thing to do.

"I think a lot of people saw what we had set up and decided they were going to go other places," said Scheets.

All local agencies will be reimbursed by FEMA for the extra money spent at a later date. But until then, police departments say business will not be affected.


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