Annapolis' mayor is looking to invest more than $1 million into the city's police department to hire new officers, give current officers more overtime and install new security cameras throughout the city.
While 10 may not seem like a high number in most cities, that's the number of homicides officers in Annapolis saw last year and it's the most in years.
When violence is up, Annapolis police chief Michael Pristoop and his officers are concerned.
"Our priority number one will be to hire more officers, put additional officers on the street," he said.
In the near decade he's been in the city, he says he's never seen the homicide rate like it was last year.
"Between foot patrol and extra officers that aren't tethered to the radio, it would be very good for the community," Pristoop said, pointing to different ways he and the department can improve.
He's working with Mayor Mike Pantelides on how to reduce the number of homicides -- and it's starting with a million dollar investment.
"Instead of just putting that in the savings account, let's use this money for public safety and I think everyone will agree," the mayor said.
He introduced legislation to get more money into the police department for more officers, overtime, and more security cameras throughout the city.