The answer is six! One to deal with the accident and five to stand around and watch.
To be more specific, my favorite attorney just told me he saw five – count ‘em – five regular GPD officers, and one community service officer dispensing with a minor fender bender at Fargo and Randall Road.
He also noted that everyone involved, including the drivers, was simply standing around the vehicles talking. No one was being arrested, no vehicle was being searched, the intersection wasn’t blocked, and no cleanup was necessary.
Perhaps the other four officer were a bit bored.
As a 24-year Genevan, I can personally attest that this wasn’t a rare occurrence.
When you consider only six patrol cars ply those Geneva streets at any given point in time, it makes one wonder who was covering the rest of the City. I’m not sayin’ Geneva’s exactly hotbed of crime, but if you add up the hourly cost of six officers showing up to every minor accident I’m not sure it’s the best use of our property tax dollars.
And if the GPD can afford to send six officers to one inconsequential fender bender, perhaps we don’t need as many of them!