Just after Steubenville Police had an encounter with a robbery suspect shooting at them over the weekend, they called a press conference to address the rising crime numbers.
On Monday afternoon, the FOP Lodge 1 held a press conference at the Steubenville Hampton Inn to address their growing concern over the crimes. President of the FOP, Jim Marquis, provided a list of all the criminal activity since the start of 2013.
It includes eight people who were shot, three people who were killed, 55 burglaries and 61 assault reports.
Marquis said in the press conference that this year law enforcement from Jefferson and surrounding counties have linked five drug overdose investigations to heroin purchases made in Steubenville.
Marquis said that the way to combat to growing crime is to increase their presence by having more officers. He said in the past years the Steubenville Police Department has staffed with 50 officers and four dispatchers. Right now they are operating with 38 officers and three dispatchers, which is a 30 percent decrease.
"We are at bare bones now. I am afraid an officer is going to get inured or lose their life," said Marquis.
The FOP expects Steubenville City Council to address their requests to add to their force at a normally scheduled Tuesday meeting.