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St. Paul police budget presentation to include push for more officers

Updated: September 18, 2019 05:46 AM

Wednesday, St. Paul's police chief will make a case for adding more officers to help curb a violent trend in the city.

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell and Mayor Melvin Carter said they are committed to making St. Paul safer but their opinions on how to do that are not the same.

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While the chief wants more officers, the mayor wants to cut five future positions.

This month, three people were shot and killed within a matter of hours.

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Axtell called the incidents one of the most violent nights he has seen in his career.

Most recently, there was a deadly officer involved shooting Sunday.

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Axtell warned city council members that response times to 911 calls have already suffered under current staffing levels and Carter's budget would only make the situation worse.

Although the mayor wants fewer officers, his proposal does increase funding for the police department and he said at 630 officers, it would already be the highest staffing total ever.

Tuesday night, there was a community meeting where people brought their questions and anger over the recent violence.

Officers with the police department said a record number of people, more than 120 people, have been shot this year.

Wednesday's budget committee meeting begins at 10 a.m. Stay with KSTP.com and watch 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Midday for updates.

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