Mondays are tough, and Monday, Aug. 21 was a particularly bad day for Greensboro.

The Greensboro Police Department on Monday added two homicides to the list for 2023, raising total this year to 48.

With over four months left in the year, 2023 is on track to be the most deadly year in the history of Greensboro.

The current record for homicides was set in 2020 when there were 62 homicides, but the first half of 2023 exceeds the totals for 2020.

In 2022, the city recorded 41 homicides.  So in eight months Greensboro has already far surpassed the total number of homicides last year.

In the first half of the year, the GPD was short about 130 sworn officers from the authorized force of 689. But through the magic of the budgeting process, on July 1, the number of vacancies in the GPD dropped to about 90.  It’s not that any new officers were hired, but the number of authorized sworn officers was reduced by 30, and 10 positions previously held by sworn officers were reclassified to unsworn positions. So, while it looks much better on the books, on the ground nothing changed.

The 2023-2024 budget did raise police starting salaries from $44,500 to $55,000.  That raise doesn’t go into effect until September, but it does mean that in September Greensboro police officers will receive a considerable raise in line with the increase in starting salaries.

Greensboro is also very slowly increasing the number of take-home police cars for patrol officers. The competing jurisdictions already provide take-home police cars for patrol officers, which made the Greensboro Police Department an outlier in this category.

About 100 additional police cars were needed to provide take-home cars for patrol officers, and in Nov. 2021 the Greensboro City Council voted to provide 20 additional cars a year, for five years.  However, it was not until July 7, 2023, that the first 10 of those take-home cars were provided to police officers.