The City of Lubbocks Police Department announced that it is hiring an additional 17 officers in response to a spike in homicides and shootings in the city.
Lubbocking police Chief Gary Lewis said the department is “working with the Department of Homeland Security to develop additional resources and partnerships to increase safety and security throughout our city.”
The announcement came just hours after the department announced a $2 million grant from the Department and the FBI to bolster its crime-fighting efforts.
The department announced it will be deploying a new, specially trained SWAT team, as well as a new tactical unit.
Police are also taking additional steps to prevent crime in the Loomis County community, including deploying an extra police unit to help patrol the county’s largest drug market, and establishing a new “safe house” for people who are being arrested.
Lewis said Lubbocans need to trust the police and understand the threats they face.
“We must work together to keep our communities safe, and we must be committed to making our city and region safe for everyone to enjoy,” Lewis said.
“I want to thank you for your support of the Lompoc Police Department and for the continued commitment to public safety in Lubbos.”