Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac told the City Council that the department must hire more police officers or current officers will be forced to work overtime to keep the streets safe, according to Cincinnati.com.
"Operating below our authorized strength places an undue burden on our patrol forces," Isaac wrote in a memo to City Manager Patrick Duhaney on Tuesday. "...officers may be required to take on additional shifts to ensure the coverage necessary to maintain the level of service that Cincinnati residents have come to expect."
Fraternal Order of Police President Dan Hils said that there are times when entire districts are being patrolled with fewer than six patrol officers.
With a population of 298,800, the Cincinnati Police Department currently has 1,017 active-duty officers.