Detroit Police Plan to Repurpose Federal Grants for New Hires to Instead Pay Current Officers
Detroit officials are hoping to use federal grants designed to hire officers to instead save the jobs of 75 of the 100 officers to be laid off in the coming weeks. The layoffs are part of a plan to reduce the city’s $200 million budget deficit.
Police Chief Ralph Godbee says layoff notices for 100 officers will go out in about two weeks.
The layoffs are part of the city’s plan to cut 1,000 jobs by April to help reduce a deficit of about $200 million in Detroit’s general fund. Mayor Dave Bing says the city could run out of cash by April.
Funds remain in two federal grants for new hires. Police officials are seeking a variance to use that money to keep 75 officers on the job for up to three years.
via Huffington Post
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