MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Moncks Corner's police chief says he is not happy the proposed town budget calls for only one new officer.
Chief Chad Caldwell said Monday he needs four additional officers to patrol the growing town. The chief says the town's population has doubled in the past five years and annexations are putting a strain on police patrols.
According to Caldwell, the town's administration says there isn't enough money to hire more than one officer.
"I think it's not as safe with less officers. The more officers you have, obviously the safer is it," said Caldwell.
Caldwell says with three officers working per shift patrolling is a problem.
"You have to try to convince an officer to stay on that end or to stay in the middle to lower that response time.
Tyler Brunson lives in the Moss Grove neighborhood that was annexed into the town.
Brunson says he usually sees one officer a month drive down his street.
"Here in the neighborhood we try to watch out for one another knowing we don't have that many officers around," said Brunson.
Caldwell says he is asking town council to approve a grant that would allow him to hire two more cops in addition to the one new officer listed in the new budget.
Town council is expected to give final reading to the budget on September16h.