Miami-Dade Police Preparing for Broad Layoffs


Miami-Dade County has put about 400 police staffers on notice that they could be losing their jobs in the fall, reports the Miami Herald. Police brass ordered hundreds of officers, sergeants, lieutenants and civilian workers to a mandatory meeting next week at the Florida International University football stadium to discuss staffing cuts mandated in Mayor Carlos Gimenez's proposed budget.

The Aug. 19 meeting will offer employees vulnerable to the cuts a look at how the layoff process would work, including advice on contacting creditors and mortgage holders, according to department officials. A nine-page list provided by the county law-enforcement union shows a broad range of staffers at risk from the plan to cut about 270 positions from the county police force once the new budget year begins Oct. 1. With a $470 million payroll, the police department has the largest staff of any Miami-Dade agency. Its payroll would drop $9.5 million next year, according to budget documents.

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