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We want a larger police force - NOT a shrinking one

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There are only two weeks left in the FY2013 budget debate. That means now, more than ever, is the time to stand up to protect our neighborhoods from the "new normal."

The City Council and City Manager have taken a step in the right direction by proposing to restore cuts to park programs, libraries and Police Service Specialist functions, but the work is not over.

We advocate for

- the full restoration of the Police Department Gang Unit,

- restoration of Fire Department staffing levels

- support for the City Manager's proposal to save our parks and libraries.

This years budget proposes further cuts to the police department - $8.7 million - which will result in the loss of 70 more positions, including 40 sworn officers. Over the last 5 years, the City has already lost roughly 200 officers, or 20% of its force. Although a new academy comprised of 40 recruits is proposed, this is a drop in the bucket compared to the overall losses our police department has suffered. This proposed academy is long overdue, and wont even replace the number of officers that are proposed to be cut through attrition this year, since not all cadets are expected to graduate.

This continues to happen against a backdrop of increasing crime, including violent crime and gang activity, and an increased number of offenders being released due to prison overcrowding.

Cutting our police force simply makes no sense. Please support this petition and ask the mayor and city council of Long Beach to restore cuts and GROW, not shrink our police department.

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