Editorials

North Fort Worth needs police unit

The rapid growth in Fort Worth’s far north communities means added pressure on the city to provide the necessary services and infrastructure for residents who sometimes feel they’re being left out.

The 2010 census showed that the area (generally north of Loop 820 and east of Interstate 35W) had 210,000 residents, a 114 percent increase in population during the 10-year period since 2000.

A new library for the area was approved in last year’s bond election and city officials addressed a major public safety need when they earlier agreed to add a new fire station.

But a major public safety issue remains in that an additional police patrol division is necessary for that part of the city, something Mayor Betsy Price promised in her State of the City address this week would be included in next year’s budget.

Although financing for the $12- to $13-million project has not been identified, the mayor said it has to be a priority even if it may take more than one budget cycle to accomplish.

Councilman Danny Scarth has said he hopes the facility can be completed by fall of 2016.

That ought to be the latest timetable to get this done.

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