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FOP says lack of officers led to increase in crime

As they have argued for several months now, the Fraternal Order of Police says there are not enough officers in Lexington to address public safety.

In a presentation to the Urban County Council on Tuesday, FOP representatives say that research shows for the size of Lexington, the city should have 720 police officers. Current numbers show there are 510 on staff.

"We understand it's tough times. But there's no other job like the job that the police and fire do in this community. Because we don't know the day that I walk out of my house, whether I'm going to come home that night and see my wife and my children," said Lexington Detective Rob Sarrantonio.

"Today I sit here as my mother lies dying. I am here because of that commitment. Just as everyone in this building is here because of their commitments," said Mayor Jim Gray.

City council member, Doug Martin also offered a presentation, stating that since the early 2000s, an increase of millions of dollars has been given to the police department. He says the FOP needs to reexamine the use of its funds.

The FOP presentation shown today also stated that crime in Lexington has increased over the past five years by 20%.

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