UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
Waco-- The city of Bellmead has taken tremendous budget cuts that affect all aspects of the community, specifically the police department. Police say that less crimes are now being documented, based on the new of reporting an incident.
The police department is trying to save money that was used to operate their vehicles. They are asking the community to report misdemeanor crimes by coming into the police station and filling out the report. By having people report their crimes at the station, the police department is able to save the gas money from driving all around the city. However, a police say that when citizens are asked to fill out the report in person, only about half of the people comply.
Bellmead officials also say that many other departments are being affected by the budget cut. The city parks are being less tended to, the fire department is offering less training, and the road reconstruction is at a minimum.
Even though they city is facing difficult times, City Manager, Victor Pena says, " What were trying to do, is trying to do as much as we can with what we've been given, and still continue to service the community, and hopefully they'll be understanding in and I hope they'll work with us."
Police also say that, no matter the circumstance, they will continue to do their jobs in keeping the community safe.