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Police layoffs looming to balance city budget

Police Chief Tom Streicher talks about cutting the budget at Wednesday's finance committee meeting Police Chief Tom Streicher talks about cutting the budget at Wednesday's finance committee meeting
Members of Cincinnati City Council listen to a budget presentation by Police Chief Tom Streicher Members of Cincinnati City Council listen to a budget presentation by Police Chief Tom Streicher

By Brad Underwood – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH, (FOX19) – Cincinnati continues to take steps toward balancing the 2011 budget with cuts across the board.

On Wednesday, the Cincinnati Police Department made its presentation to lawmakers outlining potential cuts. 

City manager Milton Dohoney told the police department to cut $16 million from its budget to help solve the $60 million hole the city is projecting.

Police Chief Tom Streicher presented four options to council, revealing between 140 and 300 officer layoffs.

The plan with the least amount of layoffs is 144 that would put the force at 946 sworn officers. That number is critical because if the department goes under 946 officers, the city must give back $5 million to federal government that it received years ago to pay for officers. 

Other layoffs in the primary option include eliminating the rank of specialist and two dozen sergeant demotions.

The presentations to council will continue until Nov. 24, when council will officially begin working on the 2011 budget.

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