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East Cleveland laying off police officers
15-19 officers laid off on New Year's Day
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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One of Northeast Ohio’s most crime-ridden cities is now facing the lay-off of 20 percent of its police force. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
East Cleveland laying off police officers

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The department will lose 15 to 19 officers on New Year’s Day. The latest cut comes after 36 officers were laid off in 2011. But Councilman Nathaniel Martin says crime has remained steady since then. And he’s suggesting pay cuts as one way to bridge the budget gap. 

“Some people in the administration have gotten a $10,000 raise. Some people got $5- or $6-thousand. People making $80,000 in a city that’s stricken with poverty. We brought the red light cameras into the city, and they have not generated half the revenue that [they were] projected to bring in.”

Martin also says cutting officers’ hours across the board, or assigning them to collect on $5 million in outstanding warrants, could help the city get out of its fiscal emergency.

Police Chief Ralph Spotts says the city is working on a strategy that will allow the department to continue operating despite the lay-offs, with details expected next week. 
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How do you plan on collecting $5 Million in outstanding warrants from convicts that don't have any money or a legit job to pay up? Like Akron, this process does not work and only continues to congest the legal system. East Cleveland will only spins its wheels and continue to lose money, ultimately resulting in higher taxes for the responsible home owners in the city who now will not be protected by their law enforcement department. It sounds like an amnesty programs would be a great way to clear the city's books, while the 'high profile' leaders of the city revise their system because the current one is obviously not working very well. Option #2 is to move to the burbs like everyone else did.


Posted by: Gabby (Akron) on December 30, 2012 10:12AM
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