Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Local News

January 24, 2013

Burleson City Council votes to add police officers

Police chief says 3 new officers needed to offset city’s population growth

The Burleson City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to add three full-time officers to the city’s police department. 

Police Chief Tom Cowan requested that the council amend the 2012-13 budget to add $91,348 to fund the three new positions.

“We don’t want to become a victim of our own success,” Cowan told the council, citing Burleson’s 10 percent population growth since 2009 as the primary reason for needing to add to the police force. Earlier in the meeting, Cowan presented statistical data showing that as the population has increased by 10 percent over the last four years, the number of service calls to the police department has, in the same time period, increased by 15 percent.

The percentage of crimes per capita, Cowan said, has remained roughly the same since 2009. But he attributed that to the fact that he had reassigned three traffic officers and one community policing officer to patrol duty, and to officers working overtime to make up for the shortage in staffing.

Cowan said that having to reassign the traffic officers to patrol had resulted in “a decrease in traffic violations enforcement and an increase in crashes.”

Mayor Ken Shetter noted that the city made “a major investment in public safety” that included “good strategic and tactical decisions” as well as increased funding, and that the investment had paid off. But, he added, in recent years, “policing has had to take a back burner” while the city focused on other needs, including buying a new vehicle for the fire department and building a new fire station.

“Now,” Shetter said, “we’re at the point where ... our ability to remain committed to those tactical and strategic decisions we made and that are beginning to pay dividends is beginning to be compromised because of the growth in the city that has lead to increase in the demand in terms of calls for service.

Text Only
Local News
  • IMG_1770.JPG Cleburne debt rating improves from A+ to AA

    Standard & Poor’s Rating Services on March 31 raised its rating of Cleburne’s general obligation debt two notches, from A+ to AA, officials announced at Tuesday’s Cleburne City Council meeting.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Keene ISD hires baseball and softball coaches

    The Keene ISD superintendent said the new baseball and softball coach will fit “perfectly” into the family atmosphere in the district.

    April 24, 2014

  • _MG_1067.JPG A family tradition

    A box containing custom-made reins addressed to a woman in Placerville, Calif., sits on the counter just inside the door at McDaniel Custom Saddle. Ron McDaniel stands behind the counter, packing three custom-made leather knife sheaths that are headed to Pennsylvania.

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • The top 12 government programs ever

    Which federal programs and policies succeed in being cost-effective and targeting those who need them most? These two tests are obvious: After all, why would we spend taxpayers' money on a program that isn't worth what it costs or helps those who do not need help?

    April 23, 2014

  • IMG_1639.JPG Two downtown buildings deemed unsafe

    Cleburne Building and Standards Commission members ordered fencing placed around two adjoining downtown buildings by Saturday for public safety reasons during their April 16 meeting.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • lanyards.jpg Adams students become entrepreneurs

    A group of Adams Elementary School fourth-graders have taken on the role of entrepreneurs in an effort to raise funds for their annual trip to YMCA Camp Grady Spruce.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Driver bugs out; woman sweeps her way into jail

    The culprit of a Monday single-vehicle accident was long gone by the time Cleburne police and firefighters arrived on scene. Rescue workers responded at 9:50 p.m. to the 2200 block of North Main to find a Chevrolet Silverado with heavy front end and undercarriage damage.

    April 23, 2014

  • RVISD assigned TEA monitor

    When the Texas Education Agency assigned Bobby Parker of Waxahachie to monitor Rio Vista ISD, his first job was to potentially shut the struggling district down.

    April 23, 2014

  • IMG_6898.JPG Fuel check

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • ESD paramedic delivers baby on the side of the road

    Lt. Donny Hallmark has been a paramedic for about 10 years, and he’s seen more than one baby being born. But Tuesday morning was a first for the Johnson County Emergency Services District No. 1 firefighter when he helped deliver a baby by himself — in a car on the side of the road.

    April 22, 2014

Front page
Latest CTR Videos
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
House Ads
Featured Ads
CTR Sports
Follow us on twitter