Your lead story (Times, July 27) dealt with the recently released independent Long Beach study of the Police Department.
The study clearly shows that the city does not need the 25% increase in officers (about $16 million per year) that Police Chief Lawrence Binkley and the City Council have been asking for, if the present police force is used more efficiently.
Yet, as your story reports, some council members are still calling for more police. Do they seriously think the public will vote to raise their taxes to subsidize an inefficiently managed Police Department?
Long Beach now has a golden opportunity to do something about reducing crime by prevention, not simply by pouring more police on the streets.