In the past few years, College Station has seen an uptick in crime while per-capita police officer head count has lagged behind the average for cities its size by more than 30 percent.
Perhaps an increased police presence, in the form of officer head count that meets or exceeds the national average, is a viable solution to the problems that the all-too-frequent muggings, armed robberies, random assaults, home invasions and break-ins that have been on the rise in the city that’s home to Texas A&M University.
According to Governing.com, “police departments serving cities with populations exceeding 25,000 employed an average of 16.8 officers … for every 10,000 residents.” According to the most recent numbers available (2016), College Station employs 11.7 police officers per 10,000 residents, a total of 130 officers. If College Station were employing the average number of officers per capita in cities of its size, officer count would increase by 56 officers to a total of 186.
For comparison’s sake, a similarly populated college town — Lawrence, Kansas — employs 15.9 officers per 10,000 residents, four more officers per 10,000 residents than are staffed at College Station Police Department.
Image source: College Station Police Department