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Troy Police Union calls for more manpower on city streets

June 11, 2019 06:32 PM

Troy police had a busy night Monday night responding to a big fight in South Troy, and then reports of gunfire on the other side of the city. Now, the police union is renewing its call for more officers on the street.

The Troy Police Union leader says they need a higher minimum manning, officers hired right away to fill vacancies, and also an increase in the total number of officers.

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They say with a busy and violent night like Monday night, the eight officers on duty in the city were stretched too thin. They say it's a threat to the officers' safety.

Police got a call about a crowd and disturbance at a group fight in South Troy. NewsChannel 13 found a shattered window and broken glass at the scene.

Union officials say one person was injured with a severe cut and police found what they called a large and hostile crowd.

Other agencies were called in to help – including state police and the sheriff's department.

While that was going on, another call came in for shots fired in North Troy at a drive by near 124th Street and 4th Avenue. Police also raced up to that scene.

NewsChannel 13 found several bullet holes in the window and in the side of the house there. No one was hurt there, but police think this drive by was connected to two other recent ones.

The Police Union says the minimum number of officers needs to go up to 10 from the current eight – and that the city needs to fill the overall vacancies now – and that overall manpower should go from 131 to 140 for both officer and public safely.

Hear more reaction from the head of the Troy PBA about why it's so important to have this extra manpower by watching the video of Kumi Tucker's story.


Mayor Patrick Madden released the following statement:

"We are proud of the highly-trained professional officers of the Troy Police Department who work around the clock to keep our neighborhoods and community safe. In the last 5 years we have seen a 22 percent decrease in violent crime in Troy, a credit to the men and women of TPD and the department’s leadership. I have the utmost confidence in Chief Owens and department leadership to effectively manage the department and support the careful considerations they employ to bring new members onto the force. Troy residents and families should feel confident in the department’s commitment to address the needs of the community and enhance public safety throughout Troy."

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