City Leaders React to Chief's Comments
POSTED: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 2:56pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 16, 2011 - 8:42pm
Several city leaders are reacting to the chief's comments.
We asked city manager Joyce Wilson and Mayor John Cook what they thought of today's press briefing.
Wilson says the chief always says they need more officers, and that the El Paso Police Department has enough resources to do the job.
"That's their standard response to everything and they know that that's like not realistic," Wilson said.
Mayor Cook agrees they need more officers but says the only way to do that would be to raise taxes.
"When you're talking about adding additional people you have to balance it because it's the taxpayer who's going to pay for those salaries," Cook said.
Both Wilson and Cook saw the "safest city label" as a double-edged sword, saying it prevents El Paso from receiving additional public safety grants.