The day after Miami-Dade County sent layoff notices to 118 police officers, Police Department Director Jim Loftus said his force remains committed to its core service despite what he called a “crisis,” the Miami Herald reports. “This is a big hit for us. It hurts in every possible way, but we will find a way to get through this for the betterment of the people we serve. That's our focus,” Loftus said.
The layoffs represent 5 percent of the workforce of 2,000 officers. In addition to the 118 layoffs, there were 41 demotions, including some officers moved to public safety aides or other administrative roles. “When people call, they want someone to come,” Loftus said. He expects that the response time for 911 calls will remain the same for now. Police units that combat violent crime will not be affected, nor will the number of police officers who patrol the streets. A patrol officer who has been laid off will be replaced with another officer from another unit.