April 30, 2007

Budget Problems Lead to Fewer Police Officers in Michigan

WILX :
"Michigan has an estimated 1,600 fewer state and local police officers on the job now than it did when terrorists struck the nation in 2001.

Possible state budget cuts soon could result in another wave of law enforcement layoffs.

Sooner or later, law enforcement officials say, that could result in more crime and communities that aren't as safe. Already, some departments have eliminated shifts, spent less time on traffic enforcement and have been slower to respond to some types of lower priority calls.
Coupled with a possible early release of some prisoners the state is considering as part of its budget-balancing efforts, law enforcement groups are worried about the consequences."

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