LAS VEGAS -- Crime numbers in southern Nevada are creeping up and city leaders say Metro Police are overburdened with more than they can handle.
In her State of the City address Thursday night, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman says public safety is a top priority and to do that Metro needs more cops.
Safer streets are a priority for longtime Las Vegas resident James who is worried about crime in his area of downtown.
"There is more crimes. It seems like it is happening each and every day." James said.
He says we should all pay more to be safe.
"That is why I voted for the tax for more cops. We need more," he said.
Mayor Goodman echoed that sentiment in her State of the City address. She fully supports the controversial More Cops tax, which supporters say could raise as much as $30 million for Metro, fix the budget deficit and be used to hire 100 officers.
"We need more shoes on the ground, more officers on bikes and officers in vehicles and more badges out there protecting us," Goodman said.
Sheriff Doug Gillespie was visibly frustrated when county commissioners rejected motions to increase the county sales tax back in October.
"My men and women are walking up to cars in the middle of the night by themselves. I don't need them distracted in regards to their employment. I want them focused as to what is going on in that car," Gillespie said during the meeting.
The issue is now tabled, but for Mayor Goodman the need for more cops hit home after her son, Justice of the Peace Eric Goodman, was discovered in a public park bathroom gravely injured.
"It may have been an assault. We don't know," Goodman said.
While Eric Goodman still doesn't remember what happened, Mayor Goodman says the importance of having enough police, fire and EMT workers is vital when it comes to safety for everyone across the valley.
Thursday's address was the first time the mayor spoke candidly about her son's incident, in the city park. She says doctors discovered his skull was seriously injured in two areas and part of it had to be removed during surgery.
As for the More Cops tax, Clark County Commissioners are expected to vote on the issue Jan. 21.