Carty Finkbeiner's 2005 Mayoral Campaign Promises :
14. Commit to hiring more police officers, so Toledo will no longer have the fewest police per 1,000 residents of any major city in Ohio.
Nov 14, 2008 - Toledo Blade - Proposed 2009 Toledo budget could leave no money for police, fire classes
Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner is considering eliminating the planned police cadet and firefighter classes for . The city previously planned to hire 33 cadets, but the most recent plan reduced it to 20 or 22 cadets. Even with the addition of a new class, the department would still have fewer officers [in 2009] than its current 639, the chief said.
Dan Wagner, president of the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association, is concerned that the elimination of a police class would hinder the department's ability to respond to calls for service - what he and Chief Navarre call its No. 1 priority. "It really jeopardizes public safety when you cancel a police class when you're already at manpower levels that aren't adequate to patrol a city our size," Mr. Wagner said.
There are currently 639 sworn officers with 30 expected to retire [in 2009].
Feb 10, 2009 Toledo Blade story
Even with the financial trouble, Mr. Wagner said letting the number of officers fall to 1.58 per 1,000 residents is dangerous. "Toledo experienced a 33 percent spike in homicides, a 17 percent rise in burglaries, and a 17 rise in robberies," he said.
There are currently 634 sworn officers and that number is expected to drop to about 600 because of retirements.
Regarding police salaries, the chief said Toledo police officers rank second among Ohio large cities when the total compensation package is considered. According to the chief, the annual base wage for a five-year patrolman in Toledo is $54,359 - compared to $63,939 in Columbus, $57,473 in Cincinnati, $54,954 in Dayton, $52,510 in Akron, $52,365 in Cleveland, and $45,520 in Canton.
Sep 23, 2008 Toledo Blade story :
This month marks 25 years since the Class of 1983 was hired and also when most of the class become eligible to retire. Only eight people don't meet the minimum retirement age of 48. The large class, sworn in on Sept. 9, 1983, helped the department meet federal mandates to hire more minorities and women and brought its strength above the authorized level of 750 officers, which was promised during the campaign for the passage of a 0.75 increase in the payroll tax in 1982. Before the city hired the 1983 class, 622 officers were in the department.
The largest Toledo police class, in 1983, numbered about 120. But Toledo's population is much smaller today than in the early 1980s.
T-town's population :
|1960|| 318,003|| 4.7%|
|1970|| 383,818|| 20.7%|
|1980|| 354,635|| -7.6%|
|1990|| 332,943|| -6.1%|
|2000|| 313,619|| -5.8%|
|Est. 2007|| 295,029|| -5.9%|
Despite the recent discovery of lost souls living in Toledo, the 2010 census will probably indicate Toledo's population to be in the 295-298K range.