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Fairfield Considers Police Layoffs

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, January 21, 2010
A majority of City Council members voted this week to reduce the number of officers if alternative cuts can’t be found. Vice-Mayor Chuck Timm says the city’s in a tough spot.

“Do I want to layoff officers? Absolutely not. Will I layoff officers? Yes I will. And I thought I would never hear myself say that. But I don’t have a choice and I don’t think the council has a choice.”

But Councilwoman Catherine Moy voted against the layoffs.

“If we do what’s recommended, we will put back our police officer staffing to 2005 levels. And I don’t see how criminals are going to keep their behavior down to 2005 levels.”

About nine police officers could lose their jobs.

Fairfield officials have already instituted several cost-cutting measures…including reducing office hours at city facilities. They’ve also cut the town’s general fund by 24%, or $18 million, over the past several years.
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