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Mandan Police Respond to More Calls with Fewer Officers

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Police calls in Mandan have been consistently on the rise, but the department is actually down officers.

According to Mandan police chief Dennis Bullinger, in 2012 they responded to 12,692 calls-up more than a thousand from 2011.

The number of calls is only expected to rise again this year.

Bullinger says they actually lost six officers last year, and are in the process of replacing them all.

He says two new officers will start next week after graduating from Lake Region State College.

As they attempt to train in their new staff... Here's a look at the increase in calls police have been responding to.

There was an increase in aggravated assault and domestic violence assaults-- which usually require more than one officer.

As well as an increase in child abuse/neglect reports.

The city of Mandan also had an increase in the number of drug case calls.

Overall, their department is strapped.

"I think over five, six years, we're seeing an additional 52 percent increase, and with no additional staff being added, so I've got to give credit to our staff that we have here, they're working very hard, but we're adding more and more stress to what's already there." says Mandan police chief, Dennis Bullinger.

Traffic crashes and simple assault reports actually decreased in 2012.

Chief Bullinger says he intends to ask for four more officers--when he submits his budget in August.

Bullinger says they haven't been fully staffed since 2006.

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