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Durham Police Chief Wants More Officers

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DURHAM — Durham's new police chief calls for more help to clean-up the city's tarnished reputation.

Chief Teresa Chambers is asked city council to add more than 100 positions to her staff, including 58 new uniformed officers.

Chief Chambers said that Durham's police force is not growing as fast as the city's population, or the crime rate.

However, finding the money is a big problem. The new positions come with an 11-million dollar price tag over the next three years.

Chief Chambers hopes her latest sales pitch will go over as well as the last one.

In February, the city council approved a 471,000 dollar package that included two district attorneys to focus on habitual offenders, video cameras in all police cars, a mobile police station and grants to help anti-crime community groups.