The recession has pushed cities to make deep cuts in police, fire and emergency medical services, reports the Wall Street Journal. Some cities are eliminating hundreds of patrol officer positions and taking ambulances out of service. Others will not respond to entire categories of calls, such as burglaries, check fraud, shoplifting, and minor traffic accidents.
San Diego has auctioned off its police horses. Colorado Springs, Co., has put its two police helicopters up for sale online. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon says he may no longer be able to detail officers to federal task forces running down leads on terrorism, drug trafficking, and child exploitation.