Maplewood City Manager Marty Corcoran wrote a memo to the mayor and city council on July 20, detailing why the city should use funds from Prop P to hire two new police officers.
He says in the memo that hiring the officers is “critical for the safety of our citizens and our police officers.” He says it’s important for visitors coming to Maplewood businesses to feel safe. He doesn’t want Maplewood to return to 15-20 years ago when visitors didn’t feel safe in the city.
Corcoran says both the 2014 and 2017 CALEA reports on the Maplewood department recommend hiring more officers.
Additional training has been suggested as a way to spend the Prop P funds. Corcoran says he’s not opposed to that, but thinks some don’t understand how much training the officers already go through as part of the department’s CALEA certification, first obtained in 2014. From Jan. 1, 2017, to present, Maplewood officers have collectively undergone 2,400 hours of training in: legal studies, technical studies, interpersonal studies and firearms/skill development.
Corcoran’s memo also includes retail theft calls from Walmart in the past three years.