Arundel's Neuman set to propose 20 additional police officers in budget

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman has announced that the budget she'll unveil Thursday will include funding for 20 more police officers.

Neuman said in a statement that a staffing analysis by Police Chief Kevin Davis showed a need for more officers. Officials said the Anne Arundel department sees 717 calls per police officer, compared to 486 calls per officer in nearby Prince George's County, where Davis previously worked.

Neuman didn't offer any further details about her budget proposal, which she'll unveil at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Arundel Center in Annapolis. The County Council will begin a series of budget meetings with county departments at 1 p.m.

Two public hearings on the budget are scheduled for May 8 at 7 p.m. at North County High School in Ferndale and May 12 at 7 p.m. at the Arundel Center.

Neuman also will present a State of the County address to the Annapolis and Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce and other business groups on May 5. That event is sold out.

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