The Buffalo City Council, at this week's meeting, heard an update from Buffalo Police Chief Jason Carder on incidents during the month of February.
Carder said the police responded to 1,307 incidents and are on pace to pass the number of incidents in 2012.
There has been a steady increase in the number of incidents in the last few years, he said, citing 11,333 incidents in 2010 and 15,052 in 2012.
So far this year he said the department has dealt with sexual assaults, attempted murder, aggravated assault and burglary.
A murder trial in which a number of his officers are scheduled to testify is coming up in weeks, he said.
Carder then told the council one of his officers had given their notice in March and asked the council's permission to hire a replacement.
Discussions included whether the new officer was actually needed, if changing schedules would resolve the coverage problem, and what else could be done besides hiring a replacement officer.
Carder said he did not believe any of those changes would make a difference, and with the number of calls increasing, he felt even with the new officer, he is still understaffed, with officers having to give up time off to complete their work in a timely fashion.
Councilman Bill Hawley and Mayor Randy Dyess responded to the discussions.
The council approved Carder hiring a replacement officer.