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Kirksville police force expected to grow in 2018

The police department budget is expected to total roughly $2.6 million. (KTVO File)

A northeast Missouri police force is expected to grow in the coming year.

Monday night, Kirksville City Council members met to review a draft budget.

Kirksville City Manager Mari Macomber told KTVO that right now, the budget for 2018 totals $38 million.

One highlight of the spending plan allots funds to hire four new police officers.

The police department budget is expected to total roughly $2.6 million.

That's about $300,000 more than the budget in 2017.

City documents state that due to an increase in calls for service and an increase in the city's population - four more officers are a necessity.

In addition, Kirksville police officers are also expected to receive a significant increase in wages.

The pay increase will not apply to the police lieutenant, deputy police chief or police chief.

The higher wages are expected to help the city attract and retain police officers.

Macomber did admit to council members that she is a bit nervous about the budget increase for the Kirksville Police Department.

However, she says that the coming year is the best time to make the budget change because it is something that is currently affordable.


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