Department has increased its force by only 325 officers
since 2005 — one-quarter of the 1,278 promised
Since the More Cops tax was passed in 2005, amid all kinds of promises, Metro in fact has bolstered its force by only 325 officers.
It's the latest personnel report submitted to Las Vegas Metro’s Committee on Fiscal Affairs — and included within its October 24 agenda — that especially sheds light on this remarkable fact.
Here are the calculations:
In 2005, on the eve of the More Cops Sales Tax Initiative, Metro’s force was comprised of 2,251 sworn officers.
Through October 11, 2016, according to Metro’s own personnel report — provided Monday to its Fiscal Affairs Committee — the department’s active force had only marginally increased, to 2,576 officers. This includes positions funded through both Metro’s long-standing general fund and the newer More Cops fund.
This 325-officer net-gain constitutes only one-quarter of the 1,278 more cops that Metro projected as a result of the tax.