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Philly considers cuts to police ranks

May cancel 2 academy classes and allow attrition of 200

By Catherine Lucey
The Philadelphia Daily News

At the top of Mayor Nutter's latest cut list is police. After Council didn't act last week on his soda-tax proposal, Nutter said he would have to chop $20 million from the budget for the next fiscal year to ensure he has enough cash to pay the bills - including slashing $4.5 million from the Police Department.

That would mean canceling two scheduled Police Academy classes of about 130 recruits each. The city has about 6,600 uniformed police officers but that is expected to drop to about 6,400 through attrition over the next year without the two classes. Nutter said last week that the move would "unfortunately have an impact on the street." And John McNesby, president of the local Fraternal Order of Police, said that if Nutter "cuts again, people might as well lock their windows and doors."

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