The mentality of the City Administration and some of the Police Administration continue to baffle me for a city that has so much potential. It also reaffirms my decision to leave back in 2010, every time I speak to some of my former brothers and sisters in blue and gray and read the comments on here. I continue to pray for everyone's safety with the continued levels of staffing. I would say a combination of your hard work, professionalism and sometimes just pure luck have kept the city in check.
This is a story from back in 1999...http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/144943/
The authorized strength of Raleigh PD in 1999 was 636 officers. The population of Raleigh was 261,205, or just a little more than current day Fayetteville.
Fast forward to 2016... The sworn number is 778 or so out of 800 possible with what sounds like 700 or just under that actually being sworn. The population of Raleigh is estimated at 451,066 (2015). I am sure that is probably closer to 500,000 by now considering a 12% increase in population estimates annually for Raleigh.
So Raleigh PD has grown by approximately 64 sworn officers in 17 years but added over 250,000 residents or over the total the population of The City of Fayetteville. That sounds safe! Oh and Fayetteville PD has over 390 officers to patrol a population of 210,000. Do the math on 390-64=326 short.
The next cities close to Raleigh in population field anywhere from 850-1300 officers. They also pay far more and have much better benefits.
There is your study on staffing and pay. Took me a total of 25 minutes of research on the computer and I provided it for free. I should probably bill the city for that information or undercut whatever consulting firm they probably paid $250,000 or so to look into the same thing.
Anyhow... Watch your six and stay safe!