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Continuation of use tax could help Cape Girardeau add more police officers

A study done by the city shows they need around nine new officers to fully handle their workload. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) A study done by the city shows they need around nine new officers to fully handle their workload. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
The tax would allow those officers to stay on after the grant dries up, and make it possible for new hires. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) The tax would allow those officers to stay on after the grant dries up, and make it possible for new hires. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
New officers could be on patrol as early as this summer. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) New officers could be on patrol as early as this summer. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The city of Cape Girardeau says it needs more police officers - and it hopes residents will vote on a tax that will allow them to hire some.

Currently there is a use tax in place when a car, boat or trailer is bought out of state.

This spring, officials are hoping voters will approve to continue the tax.

Recently, the police department was able to get a grant allowing them to hire three new officers.

But a study done by the city shows they need around nine new officers to fully handle their workload.

Both the Cape City Manager and officers themselves see the need for more manpower.

"What the study showed is our officers don't have enough time to spend time in our neighborhoods to be proactive and prevent crime, because that's really where you want to be," said City Manager Scott Meyer.

"We don't have the manpower to offer the service that I wish we could," explained Sergeant Joey Hann of the Cape Girardeau Police. 

"You know, a lot of times we're not able to thoroughly follow up on investigations because all the officers we have are responding from call to call."

The tax would allow those officers to stay on after the grant dries up, and make it possible for new hires.

The proposal still needs to be approved by the city council.

If approved, city officials hope to have it on the ballot in April.

New officers could be on patrol as early as this summer.

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