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Public Safety at Risk

April 23rd, 2009 by flanews

Law enforcement officers say cutting their budget will jeopardize public safety.

The Florida Police Benevolent Association is lobbying against more budget cuts. More than a hundred police, corrections, and probation officers have been laid off over the last two years. PBA President John Riviera said if police officers lose any more money, many will be left to fend for themselves.

You all need to learn how to defend yourselves because your government may not be able to do it for you. Police officers are not the policymakers. We only follow orders and we do the best we can with what we have, said Riviera.

The House and Senate have yet to lay out a joint budget plan. PBA officials say as many as 70 FDLE and 500 corrections jobs are on the line.

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