Budget Crunch: Flint Lays Off 20 Police Officers 11-30-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Budget Crunch: Flint Lays Off 20 Police Officers 11-30-2010

Twenty more Flint police officers have officially been laid off as a part of ongoing city budget cuts over concessions.
The layoffs took effect at the end of the officers' Dec. 16 shifts.
The layoffs bring Flint’s road patrol down to a total of 67 officers, with a total of 122 officers left on the department's payroll. In 1987, Flint had more than 300 officers.

TV5 was told the pink slipped officers were chosen based on seniority.
In March of this year, the city cut 46 officers in an effort to curb the city’s multimillion-dollar deficit.
Many residents fear the layoffs couldn't have been handed out at a worst time, as Flint recently record its record-setting 63rd homicide in 2010. The previous record was set in 1986, with 61 deaths.
Police union president Keith Speer said the layoffs could have been prevented, claiming Flint Mayor Dayne Walling refused to come back to the bargaining table.
""We literally haven't heard anything from them, they just canceled them and that's it," Speer said. "They keep talking about taking concessions -- we actually offered more concessions than they were asking for."
Walling discredited Speer's claims saying the union has only offered “trades” rather than the double-digit concessions the city has asked for.
“I’ve been asking for a double-digit concession since the first day I was elected,” Walling said. “There’s never been a double-digit concession put in front of me or anyone in my administration. When you ask for things in exchange for cuts -- that’s not a concession, it’s a trade.”
Walling told WNEM TV5 he hasn't seen a proposal from the police union greater than six percent.

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