Boston is trying to add police officers, but 14 police recruits said they were tossed out of a new academy class after officials waited until their orientation to tell them they were being cut from ranks because of budget woes, the Boston Herald reports. Last Saturday, 84 recruits attended orientation. After the two-hour session, the names of 14 people were read aloud; they were taken into another room and told they could not immediately join the ranks because City Hall would not fund them.
Some had quit current jobs at the Boston Police Department’s request. Said One: “I'm embarrassed. I don't have my job anymore.” Officials said the 14 recruits who were cut will be at the top of the list to enter the academy in October.