Police feel sting of recession: Departments pare programs, purchases to keep cops on streets
By George Houde and Brian Cox
CHICAGO — Police departments in the north and northwest suburbs are feeling the strain of economic woes, with school anti-drug programs and purchases of squad cars taking a back seat to keeping officers on the streets.
Feeling the squeeze from declines in sales-tax and other revenues, some communities also have opted not to fill police department vacancies or are cutting overtime.
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