Police Say Not Enough Cops to Patrol Colo. Springs

 Police Say Not Enough Cops to Patrol Colo. Springs
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Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP) Colorado Springs say they don't have enough police officers or money to adequately patrol the city, leading to longer response times to emergencies and thousands of 911 going unanswered.

Police say the shortage in officers and funds is forcing them to stop responding to nonemergency calls where there are no suspects. Those calls would include vandalism and thefts. Police say they will instead focus on bigger crimes.

About 690 police officers patrol the city which according to the U.S. census has a population of about 399,000. Colorado Springs is the second largest city in the state.

A 2003 U.S. Department of Justice study found cities with a population of at least 250,000 people had an average of 2.5 officers per 1,000 residents.

Colorado Springs needs more than 300 officers to meet that goal.