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Phoenix Budget Shortfalls Result in Pink Slips for Police

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It's the largest police department in the state and it's facing big money problems.

Some of the city's "finest" may be getting pink slips as early as Tuesday.  It seems no business is immune to cutbacks these days.

The city of Phoenix has been struggling with huge budget shortfalls and police department layoffs will be a result.

The notices will be going out this week to prepare officers.  The layoffs work like many other companies.  Last hired, first laid off.

Due to the city's $245 million deficit, departments city-wide are looking for ways to cut costs.

The proposal will then go before the city council and some public hearings will be scheduled.  Neighborhood groups will be voicing their concerns loud and clear .  They fear a rise in crime will happen due to fewer officers on the streets.

The labor unions are looking for ideas on how to salvage as many jobs as possible - such as furloughs and compressed work weeks.

Other cities in Arizona are in the same boat as Phoenix.  Money is tight and they have to make cuts somewhere.

In Tempe, 139 positions in the police department could be cut.  The budget is still a few months from being finalized and city council approval of the budget takes place in May.

The Department of Public Safety says it's been asked to cut 13 percent of its budget, which could mean a significant number of officers off the job - many of whom are assigned to the agency's highway patrol division.

The worst case scenario? 570 law enforcement positions eliminated!

When it comes to Mesa, the city received $5.8 million in stimulus money, so it is hiring.  The city got an overwhelming response.  Almost 2,000 applicants for the 25 police officer positions the city was filling.

Mesa's police force will be divided.  A few will be assigned as school resource officers and some assigned to the Center Against Family Violence, a city-run center for families affected by domestic violence.  Most officers, however, will be assigned to target high crime areas of Mesa.  The city hopes to have those jobs filled by April.

 

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