Public Safety: Jack Johnson’s Lowest Priority?

Comment: Unbelievable! Wasn’t Jack promising before both elections to hire more police? Note: Unabridged versions of the news stories at Pg-Politics.

Budget Cuts Threaten Police, Fire Crews; Prince George’s Co. Could Cut 320 Jobs., 5 Mar 2009 (Chavez).

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. – The financial crisis could hit emergency services in Prince George’s County hard.

FOX 5 has learned Prince George’s County is considering cutting 320 jobs. However, a whopping 71 percent of the latest cuts come from public safety.

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It’s not final yet, but with only 10 days to go before a final budget is submitted by county executive Jack Johnson, the layoffs are looking more likely.
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FOX 5 obtained a list from the budget office, and it shows a worst-case scenario . Cuts will come from the jail and fire department, but the police department is at the top of the hit list.

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A closer look shows that of the 320 jobs that could be cut, 122 of them are police officers who would be pink slipped, along with 48 firefighters and 20 deputies from the sheriff’s department. An additional 37 people from the Department of Corrections would also lose their jobs.

No other county department has more than 15 jobs on the line.
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Proposed Pr. George’s Layoffs Would Slash Public Safety Staffing, 5 Mar 2009.

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. – Prince George’s County leaders will propose to eliminate 320 jobs in a effort to close the county’s $132 million budget deficit, and public safety workers are among the hardest hit, according to a secret document obtained by ABC 7/NewsChannel 8
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Other Proposed Cuts
Department; #
Co. Executive; 3
Co. Council (Staff); 6
Office Central Services; 15
Dept. Public Works & Trans.; 13
Dept. Environment; 10
Child and Family Services Dept.; 2
Health Department; 10

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