Monday, November 3, 2008

Police departments cut jobs in wake of economic downturn

From a USA Today article:
The collapse of U.S. financial markets is forcing deep cuts in local police agencies and stoking fears among police chiefs that mass home foreclosures are bringing more crime to suburbs.

Problems created by the financial meltdown are starting to touch everything from police response times to unsolved crimes.

"As we see significant reductions, we'll be seeing increased response times, fewer cases solved and reduced services for victims of crime," says Police Chief Charlie Deane of Prince William County, Va. His $73 million budget could drop up to 30 percent next year because of declining property tax revenues.

Article here. Expect an increase in both property and violent crime as we weather the economic doldrums, as criminals become emboldened at the lower levels of law enforcement resources and response.

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