Cities with budget shortfalls are cutting police forces and closing innovative law enforcement units that helped reduce crime in the 1990's, reports the New York Times. This year, Cleveland has laid off 250 police officers, 15 percent of its total force. Pittsburgh has lost one fourth of its officers in three years, and Saginaw, Mich., has lost almost a third in that time. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has let go 1,200 deputies in the last two years, leading it to close several jails and release a number of inmates early. Houston's police chief . . .
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