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Chico Police Short-Staffed due to Population Increase

Chico Police Chief Mike O'Brien said that his department is short-staffed at the moment in comparison to a large population increase in the city.

Posted: Jan 9, 2019 2:43 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico Police Chief Mike O'Brien said that his department is short-staffed at the moment in comparison to a large population increase in the city.

The current police force is meant to support a population of about 90,000 people, but Chico's population has surged by 20 percent since the Camp Fire.

"If we added 10-20,000 additional people certainly that would cause some concern with long-term staffing needs," he said. "I think we need to gage that based upon calls for service, impacts on crime, those types of things." 

O'Brien said his team is looking at crime rates before and after the Camp Fire.

They are also working with the city manager to evaluate staffing needs. 

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