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Residents once again speak out against police cuts

August 19, 2009

Last night during the City Council meeting’s oral communications, two residents, including community activist Margaret Hammond, spoke out in anger against cuts to the police department, which resulted in lay-off notices for three police officers.

In July, officials told the News-Press that the officers would be terminated as of Sept. 30 unless vacancies became available.

This is not the first time residents have spoken out against the unpopular cuts, which council members have said were the result of the poilce union’s unwillingness to budge on scheduled pay increases.

“I think part of the angst should be directed at the issues related to the contract,” Councilman John Drayman said.

City Manager Jim Starbird added that the city applied for federal stimulus money to try to beef up the police budget but that the city was denied for being “too safe.”

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