Sunday, December 14, 2008
NYPD may start layoffs
Reacting to the city's budget crisis, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for the first time raised the possibility of layoffs within the NYPD Friday.
Kelly said he has already reduced the department's headcount by about 1,000 officers in the first round of cuts, partly by delaying its next police academy class.
Police spokesman Paul Browne says layoffs might not be necessary if they can find other ways to cut costs.
But Kelly says the department may need to take more drastic measures.
"Everything will be on the table, and obviously since we've already reduced with the first round of cuts, the next round will require layoffs," he said.
The last time the city laid off police officers was during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s.
As Budget Shrinks, NYPD Faces Possibility Of Layoffs